My Journey to Joy

August 18, 2011


Filed under: Contemplations — aunthoddy @ 5:28 PM
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In shady, green pastures, so rich and so sweet,

God leads His dear children along;

Where the water’s cool flow bathes the weary one’s feet,

God leads His dear children along

Sometimes on the mount where the sun shines so bright,
God leads His dear children along;
Sometimes in the valley, in darkest of night,
God leads His dear children along.

Some through the waters, some through the flood,

Some through the fire, but all through the blood;

Some through great sorrow, but God gives a song,
In the night season and all the day long

My God knows exactly what I need.  If it were up to me, my life would be simple, happy, and breezy.  I would never offend or be offended.  No problem would go unresolved.  Every situation would be clear.  My flowers would always bloom, my diet always succeed, my house clean itself…

I would be hopelessly shallow.  I would miss out on forgiveness.  I wouldn’t learn to look to God to solve my problems.  I wouldn’t need to rely on Him when I didn’t understand.  The flowers, diet, and house would probably be fine.  🙂

We all acknowledge that growth and progress come through trials.  So why do I protest so much when they come?!  I need to realize that trouble doesn’t last forever.  God will accomplish His aim in me.  And sometimes that requires pain.  Confusion.  And whatever it takes for me to rely on Him.

Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness…  I Peter 1:6

One thing I know, in whatever season I find myself, He is there.  And He has a purpose for every season of my life.

For everything there is a season, and a time for very purpose under heaven:

a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance…

Ecclesiastes 3:1-4


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