It was our favorite Mexican
restaurant and hubby and I sat across the table from friends with whom we
re-connected after decades.
And in the lively conversation a comment was made that jolted my senses. I positioned the wheelchair beside the table (I still couldn’t put weight on the foot with the broken bone).
The comment came innocently, I’m
sure. “Janet is blind and now lame,” he chuckled. “So… so much for this Jesus
Although it was a comment in
jest, he had a point. Amigos, does the world think that when you become a
Christ follower, life is perfect? Or does it mean that when you commit your
life to Jesus, troubles end? Contracts flood in, and speaking engagements jam
The answer is a resounding “no.”
Life will not be perfect. But you will be perfectly equipped to face the fierce
storms in life.
And even when life is ugly, here
are seven ways to know joy, true joy that plays the melody of confidence in the
symphony of Jesus’ promises:
- Joy comes
because we know His love will transcend all—blindness, illness, broken
feet, broken hearts and broken plans.
- Joy comes
because He promised to bring solutions we never dreamed.
- Joy fills
our heart because loneliness is a foreign word. The constant whisper that
God would never abandon us echoes while sweet sleep comes at night.
- Joy is ours
because when the rest of the world is searching, looking and hungry for
fulfillment Christ fills the void, feeds the spiritual hunger, and puts in
place the piece that makes us whole.
- Joy is complete because our purpose is
defined: To Love God with all our mind, heart and soul and love one
another. Love those who wound us, ridicule and insult us.
- Joy sings in
our heart because this life is short, often dotted with trials, but we
live in anticipation to the forever eternity promised to those to whom
Jesus is their Lord.
- Joy is our
promise, Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, and you will weep and mourn
while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy”
Father, the joy you promise is
the treasure that shines beyond setbacks, pain or troubles. For that gift, I
praise and thank you in the name of your son Jesus, amen.
• Where do you find the joy that
keeps you going?
• What is the force that ushers
peace to your nights?
• Where do you turn in painful
Janet Perez Eckles
Grateful for the
privilege of inspiring you…