Just a mile marker.
Not much of an essay, really.
But how’s this, for a start:
Joy is found at the intersection of God’s story and mine.
When you do a keyword for “joy” on the Bible Gateway website you get 242 hits. Two hundred forty-two. That’s a lot. So I guess the place to start would be the map, sort of. Scripture. That’s been a recurring bread crumb trail in the last few days. I’m fairly sure there’s something to that, so I’m following along.
Here’s what I’ve found, just in the last few days of walking through life with more open ears and eyes…
10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.
–John 15:10-12, from chapel today.
29 The bride belongs to the bridegroom. The friend who attends the bridegroom waits and listens for him, and is full of joy when he hears the bridegroom’s voice. That joy is mine, and it is now complete. 30 He must become greater; I must become less.”
–John 3:29-30, from my bumping around Bible Gateway just now…
2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds,3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.
–James 1:2-3, an old favorite of mine
1Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
And another thing I intend to go back to that came to mind today:
(too much to copy here -go find it!) Isaiah 55, the whole chapter
and from Psalm 37 (another one worth reading the whole chapter)
23 The Lord makes firm the steps
of the one who delights in him;
24 though he may stumble, he will not fall,
for the Lord upholds him with his hand.
So there’s a lot to unpack just there.
Amazing what happens when you start seeking, asking, and knocking.