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J O Y

 

Many times I’ve been asked, “Are you always this happy?”

My answer? Of course not, I have my unbecoming moments like any person.

But there is something extraordinary that seeps out of me and it has nothing to do with me.

“Though you have not seen Him, you love Him: and even though you do not see Him now, you believe in Him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.” 1 Peter 1:8 & 9

The joy of the Lord is my strength. (Nehemiah 8:9) I learned a long time ago that when left to myself and away from God, I can fall to depression as easily as I can trip and fall physically. But I am one who feels strongly. If you cry, I cry. Never failing, I cry at the same scene in Finding Nemo…every time.

Nigel, the pelican begs to speak to Nemo, “Nemo! Your dad has been fighting the entire ocean looking for you!”

And like we all do, Nemo doubts. “My father? No, that can’t be him.”

Then Nigel proves to Nemo the truth, by speaking his (fathers) name.

The look in Nemo’s eyes is priceless and that is what brings me to tears. His look of adoration, aw and an unbelieving belief that his father has been battling the entire ocean looking for him. What sacrifice, what love…for a child?

Well, I’ve got some news for you. My Father, our Father has created the entire ocean and He battled this entire world for you!

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble but take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

What makes me smile and laugh even more is that our world is so desperately trying to push God out of everything. But He cannot be quieted! Even in Hollywood His truths bleed through. Because of our make-up, we know by instinct that there is more.

“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.” Romans 1:20

“The love of God is greater far than tongue or pen can ever tell, it goes beyond the highest star and reaches to the lowest hell….” Frederick M. Lehman. And thankfully it does. This is what makes me smile, this is what pours out of me. The love of Christ and because the love of Christ cannot be contained, we look like the crazy people, full of joy, ready to be poured out on others. At least it should be. Let the joy of His love and sacrifice do what it was meant to. “Shout aloud and sing for joy, people of Zion, for great is the Holy One of Israel among you!” Isaiah 12:6

“You have as much laughter as you have faith.” Martin Luther