Weepy and weary, my proverbial tail dragged behind me. No real cause. Just felt sad. I knew I was following God, knew I had done the right things, even knew I was accomplishing what God had called me to accomplish. I felt lonely, and not even that I had a reason to be lonely. It’s just hard sometimes following God off the beaten path.
I was standing in the kitchen when I became aware of a song playing in my head. At first the song was faint, and then grew. Imagine my surprise when I realized the song was “I’ve got that joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart…”
Even though at the moment I didn’t “feel” joyful, I realized God’s truth. As a Christian, Jesus lives in my heart. In His presence is fullness of joy. The Holy Spirit is joy. So…. I really do have joy in my heart.
Regardless how we feel, if we are Christians, we have God’s joy within us.
Unfortunately we are the ones to choose how far down that joy resides.
Heavenly Father, I choose Your inexhaustible, always present joy! Help me to release Your joy that flows straight from Your heart to mine.