Tuesday, Dec. 11 – Sierra Martin

11 Dec

Tuesday, Dec. 11 – JOY

Today’s Scripture:
Psalm 5:8-12
2 Corinthians 4:3-6

Usually, I’m pretty glad that only Rachel Glenn caught me in the indignity of my joy; at other times, though, I wish she’d had a camera so I can see what she saw. From where I sat, on my bicycle, I know only this: I was finishing up an arduous bike ride with a downhill cruise into the driveway when, suddenly, the Olympic fanfare popped onto my iPod’s shuffle playlist. (Yes, the song from the Olympics has a home on my iPod—right between DJ Kaled and the music from Doctor Who.) It was an exultant conclusion to an otherwise discouraging outing, and I’m pretty sure I gave the air a triumphant fist-pump.

I remember feeling joy; I remember my reaction to joy; but, I can’t recreate that joy, no matter how many times I ride down the hill.

In Surprised by Joy, C. S. Lewis noted that joy was funny because, once you’ve experienced it in a precise moment, you can’t conjure it back in the same way. I think he even likened it to those dreams that we all have, the ones where you wake up somewhere in the middle of the action, without knowing how it ends; but, no matter how well you recall the facts of the dream, you simply can’t get back into it again. So it is with joy. Remembering the instant of joy is just remembering its echo, not the voice itself. And the echo may never ring out in the same tones. We cannot create the sensation, try as we might to recreate the circumstance. Joy is fleeting; it would simply be frustrating and futile to try to capture it.

Joy is fleeting, but that does not mean it is hidden. It is a fruit of the Spirit, a gift from God—and we know that God loves to give good gifts to his children who ask Him! This week and onwards, recognize the joy in the everyday, and wait in hopeful expectation for the next glimmer—being alert and “always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 5:20).

-SM

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One Response to “Tuesday, Dec. 11 – Sierra Martin”

  1. Joanna December 12, 2012 at 8:35 am #

    🙂 I love this.

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