The Joy of the Lord is my strength. (Nehemiah 8:10)
Laughter is the best medicine! That is especially true when you think about the taste of some medicines. A dose of smiles, joy or a good laugh is so much nicer than swallowing medicine. I didn’t use the word ‘easier’ because in some circumstances in life a smile is hard to find. But it is definitely better than going through life glum, angry, sad and depressed. There is always someone in this world less fortunate than you.
Smile in the Lord, with the Lord and through the help of the Lord. If you see the best side of what life has for you then all will go well for you because He is the way, the truth and the life. We may not understand it this side of heaven, but He will never forsake us or leave us forlorn. He is our comfort, our fortress, our almighty warrior. He can fight any battle we may have to fight. He can overcome any mountain we have to climb and we can do it with a joy within us that sustains us and gives us all the strength we need.
And I’m not talking about any self-help books where we do it all by ourselves and think positive. No! It’s all about Him and what He does in our circumstances.
A lady I know is not able to drive anymore because she is getting on in years and is not safe on the road. So, she walks – everywhere! It takes her hours, but she does it with a laugh. She stops by to say hello, asks for a drink of water and says she is becoming very fit! I marvel at her positive attitude and after talking to her further you realize where she is getting this joy from – the Creator of all things. This wise old lady now spends the time enjoying more of God’s creation, nature, sunshine, the cold wind, leaves and all that she sees. As I have come to know her more, she told me that as a little girl she was in one of the German concentration camps and she survived. The joy of life and the knowledge of the blessings she has received from her Father in Heaven have never left her.
I shake my head in shame when I so easily complain about a sore toe and frown at life when I’m frustrated on the road driving to work. So today God has taught me to smile more at what I have, and who I am and to find joy in the life He has given me and continues to give me.
Find the joy, a smile maybe even a chuckle and take your medicine from the perfect Doctor in heaven, and let’s see if we could change someone else’s life with our joy. This old lady changed mine.
May these jottings from my journal inspire you to believe in and fall in love with Christ- the hope of the world, as stated in Jeremiah 17:7, ‘Blessed is the man who believes and trusts in and relies on the Lord and whose hope and confident expectation is the Lord!’