I have been reflecting on joy lately, which may seem a little odd with all that is going on, but in the searching and seeking of joy, I find myself more grateful for all I do have and more thankful for the moment.
My family and I were very blessed to take a little camping trip two weeks ago. We were able to see new things, experience the joy all around us in nature, rest, laugh and be. What a gift to be totally disconnected from the news, the constant updates with not necessarily a lot of new information, and the expectation of the world to perform; to react. I am thankful we had the chance for a different pace for a while because it helped me to acknowledge the importance of joy … even in the current chaotic world we live in, especially now in the uncertainty and chaos all around. I treasure the longest family hike we have every done, picnic lunches out of the car, reading a book together as a family, and listening to music as the miles went by. Joy refreshed my soul and helped me to keep things in perspective. Experiencing joy helped me to realize that moments of joy and intentionally doing things that help me smile are ways I care for myself and are of utmost importance right now.
My children started school last week, completely virtual. Not necessarily a surprise, but also a disappointment and not what any of us hoped for. So, you know one way we are adjusting …stating something that brings us JOY each day, naming it, and holding each other accountable to actually do one thing every day that helps us treasure this life. We can celebrate each day even in the ups and downs of this Fall, even as we long to see friends, worship together in community, and travel to see loved ones.
My prayer for you today is to seek joy … now, today, this week and in the days and weeks to come. Intentionally chose one thing every day to bring you joy. Maybe it is a walk with a friend (socially distanced) or a long phone call with a friend or relative miles away. Maybe it is the second cup of coffee and lingering in a good book or maybe it is good exercise first thing in the morning. Maybe it is learning a new hobby or listening to the birds outside as summer draws to a close. Whatever it is for you … seek and create joy daily!
Heavenly Father, thank you for walking with me through the ups and downs every day. Be with me today. Help me to be thankful for all that I have and the many blessings all around. As I continue this very uncomfortable journey help guide me to seek joy – right now – and find you in the smiles, the flutters of my heart, and the moments where life is treasured. Thank you for your constant love. Amen