And he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness." Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. (1 Cor 12:9 NKJV)
Strange verse to start off a discussion about joy, huh? Well, I haven't had a very joyful week as I came down with the flu (fever/sinus kind) on Tuesday and have missed out on some of the most beautiful spring weather we've had here in KC to date. Oh, and did I mention that I missed my tee time on Wednesday because of a 100 degree fever? Waaahh. I guess I'm good at boasting about my infirmities, not boasting in them as Paul says he would most gladly do. Can I still have the power of Christ resting upon me when I'm complaining? Probably not.
Maybe I should correctly say that I haven't had a very happy week in my struggle to survive, and althought the fever is gone, as of today, the coughing has begun. (Cough, cough, sniff) After all, our sources of joy are not in our circumstances, correct? Joy comes in the following packages:
- Our salvation. (Ps 51:12)
- Discovery of our perfect treasure, Jesus (Mt 13:44, Luke 10:21)
- Restoration. (Ps 71:20,23)
- Abiding in Christ. (John 15:1-17)
- Fellow Christians (1 Thes 2:19-20, 1 Thes 3:9)
I guess I should say that the joy of the Lord has been my strength this week (Neh 8:10), literally. I have my salvation. I've discovered some cool things in scripture and reflected on how God has restored me from some events in my life in my recent past. I've been abiding in Him because I couldn't abide on the golf course and I've got great Christian brothers and sisters in Christ. Last but not least, I am well enough, barely, to attend the Casting Crowns concert tonight with some beloved "sistren" tonight as I'd planned.
So I'll leave you with a quote from Beth (end of day 4) that I believe if applied can sustain our joy through anything:
"When we allow God to train us so that receiving and obeying His Word becomes our "high," we will know the fullest expressions of His joy."
Have a great day, sisters!