We’re all suffering right now. The waves of fear and courage seem to ebb and flow like ocean tides. There’s a “both—and” to this current global experience we’re all part of.
Rather than focusing on the fear and suffering that hits me like a baseball bat, I got the God-nudge this morning in my Quiet Time to reflect on these words from Henri Nouwen:
“Learn the discipline of being surprised not by suffering but by joy. As we grow old . . . there is suffering ahead of us, immense suffering, a suffering that will continue to tempt us to think that we have chosen the wrong road. . . . But don’t be surprised by pain. Be surprised by joy, be surprised by the little flower that shows its beauty in the midst of a barren desert, and be surprised by the immense healing power that keeps bursting forth like springs of fresh water from the depth of our pain.”
So, the question I invite you to ponder with me is this: “Where do you find Joy today?”
Here’s my short list of how I was surprised by joy today:
•Having a safe place to sit in the quiet with God and hear the whisper of the Holy Spirit remind me, “I am with you.”
•Taking my dog Riley for a walk and hearing the Robins sing morning praises to the Creator.
•Having life slow down so I have more time to be Present to my wife and children.
•Listening to Only in God from Michael Talbot on You Tube: (here’s the link: Only in God You Tube Video)
•Getting an instant message from my daughter with this YouTube Video It’s Going to Get Better attached (here’s the link: https://youtu.be/1nrcZQliOGI)
How about you? Where do you find joy today?
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We’re all in this together. Let’s encourage each other to look up, not down, and see the joy that’s here even while suffering. I look forward to sharing your inspirations!
blessings to you,