The word â€œjoyâ€ shows up a lot in the Bibleâ€¦
Â· Shout with joy!
Â· Clap your hands for joy!
Â· The joy of the Lord is your strength!
Â· In Godâ€™s presence is fullness of joy.
Â· For the joy set before him, Jesus endured the cross.
Last time Philip and Stephanie and my grandson Jesse were here for a weekend, I was in the backyard with almost two-years-old Jesse and we were walking up and down the little hill (actually I was walking and Jesse was running).Â Jesse was holding my hand really tight (thatâ€™s a good feeling!) and with that grip on my hand he was running with abandon.
As we went down the little hill for the second time, I realized that Jesse was saying, â€œWheee!â€Â I didnâ€™t realize anyone actually said â€œWheee!â€Â I thought it was just from cartoons I used to see.Â Jesse was, in that moment, filled with pure joy and the most naturally honest thing he could do was shout, â€œWheee!â€
I asked myself, â€œHow long has it been since simple joy made me shout, â€œWheee!â€?â€
In this season of preparation for the next chapter of my story, God has dug pretty deep through the onion-layers of the stuff of my life.Â As we get closer to the core of simple faith and relationship, I am beginning to get glimpses of joy.Â When I look straight ahead I feel little bursts of joy inside â€“ dreams rekindling, possibilities popping up.Â If I get distracted and look to either side the other stuff rushes in.
Iâ€™m going for the joy!Â I wonâ€™t give up and I wonâ€™t give in!Â Somewhere not too far around the next bend, or the next, Iâ€™m going to be so full of the joy of being who God made me to be and holding his hand so tight, that Iâ€™ll shout, â€œWheee!â€
Father, for the joy you let me taste and the hope you place before me, I will continue.Â I will not give up.Â I will not give in.Â I will, at some soon occasion, shout â€œWheee!â€