joy unspeakable

I love looking out the window.  Whether it is car window, house window, or airplane window; there is always something to see.  Yesterday while I was doing dishes, I looked up to see a bluejay sitting on my railing.  I haven’t seen a blue jay since we moved from the farm.  I watched it check out its reflection in our sliding door and then eventually fly away.

God created this bird with an imagination that cannot even be fathomed.  Each item He made: tree, fish, plant, food, animal, star, mountain, etc. was made to inspire and bring joy. What if God decided to only give us monotone sunrises, and a handful of animals.  We wouldn’t know any differently of course, but He didn’t.  God created animals and insects that we have yet to understand or discover.  Why?  If He is the only one who can see them, why make them?  Simply put, to bring joy.

God is the giver of joy.  There is joy in the face of a baby when he recognizes his parents, there is joy in a lover’s expression when he or she sees their partner.  Joy can be found in a piece of music, a painting  or a sculpture, anything if the seeker chooses to find it.

My daily desire is to see something that brings me joy.  It can be the changing colors in leaves, hearing a bird singing just for singing sake. I will look for a smile in a stranger or give a smile to a stranger if he looks like he needs something to be happy about.

What about you?  How do you go through your days?  Is your head looking down at your feet or is it up, looking around at all the amazing things God has made?

Find joy.

“For you, O Lord, have made me glad by your work; at the works of your hands I sing for joy.” Psalm 92:4


About gretchenr17

Wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend. Writer, farmer, fellow sojourner... at every turn I learn a bit more about God's wild mercies.
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