But as I was singing I realized I had felt this joy before.
Felt it when my husband was sick after his trip to Africa –when God showed Himself present in my deepest pain. Felt it when I got laid off from my job a few weeks ago –because I knew, I just knew God was going to take care of me. Felt it when my sweet grandmas passed away –because I had hope they were with Jesus.
One joy for all situations.
Somehow I feel my joy in this good week is intensified because it isn’t just a shallow reaction to pleasant events. It’s a long-term, disciplined obedience that sweetens my relationship with God.
I know this coming week will have trials. Nothing stays hunky dory forever on this earth. And I’m planning on rejoicing in the Lord.
Christy Fitzwater is a pastor’s wife in Kalispell, Montana. To get to know her more visit christyfitzwater.com.