by Holy Host
Have you seen the video going around the Internet of an older woman dancing as she walks to the car? (if not, Neil posted it to the right)
It seems this woman was being picked up by her granddaughter, and because a song she enjoyed was playing on the car’s stereo, she took the time to dance to the car rather than just walk…and like most things these days, it was all caught on video.
I feel this video has gone viral because it is a wonderful expression of this woman’s simple joy. She could be complaining about the fact she is growing older or that she can’t dance the way she used to, or that maybe she doesn’t drive any more…but instead she found joy in the simple walk to a car…and the world has fell in love with her for it!
Because no matter how bad things get or no matter how hardened hearts may get…seeing someone’s joy is still contagious.
So, what is the true meaning of joy and where does it come from? Does if come from a favorite song or favorite food or material things or the things of God?
To the Believer, it’s much more than a feeling.
Often people confuse joy with happiness. But really, happiness is just the momentary feeling of joy due to a happening. Joy is different. It is pure and it is concentrate.
Joy is inside, it lasts and it’s powerful. It is what keeps you stable in times of chaos. Having joy doesn’t mean you understand everything going on around you or that your circumstances are always pleasant.
Joy comes from understanding your life is in God’s hands and that’s where your comfort lies.
Don’t be caught up in thinking joy only comes when you get something or like something. Things will fade away.
True joy must be sturdier than material things or ever changing situations. Joy is not attached to you getting something and it’s not even really attached to this world.
God is the only true source of joy and the comfort that comes with it.
2 Corinthians 1:3, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort…”
God brings the fullness of joy not in part, not in pieces.
Psalm 16:11, “In thy presence is fullness of joy.”
Being in the presence of the Maker…that is joy.
Your joy is fulfilled by God’s purpose for you, not just by what life brings you.
It’s ok to enjoy things in life, and it’s ok to be happy with things you have in life. But the fullness of life and true joy can only come from God.