When Joy Flies Out the Window

“Your joy is heading out the window!”

“What?”  I exclaimed in confusion as I glanced up from the place where I was doing some supper prep.

“Your joy…”

“Yes, I see!” Laughing, I ran over and turned the lever to close the escape route so that my joy…

Could not slip out the window!

For Christmas, I had received rainbow colored words of…

Love.

Joy.

Peace.

These words were cleverly designed to be attached to the curtain rods, so that when they hung down in front of the windows they could catch and reflect the sunlight.

However, that day the combination of a gust of wind and a screenless window, was enough to draw my “joy” out the window:D

Thankfully, that joy couldn’t go too far, because it was firmly anchored and held fast to that which could withstand tumultuous wind.

I have thought often of this particular incident of joy slipping out the window, and while it caused a lot of laughter in our household, there are times when joy slipping out the window…

Is no laughing matter.

In fact, it is the exact opposite.

There are times when circumstances and situations arise in my life in which my joy seems to grow wings and it…

Flies out the window.

A few years ago, I prayed a prayer to God in heaven, and asked if He would teach me joy.  I knew verses like:

  • Philippians 4:4: Rejoice in the Lord always.  I will say it again: Rejoice!
  • James 1:2: Count it all joy when you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance…
  • Nehemiah 8:10: The joy of the Lord is your strength.

But even though I knew these truths to be true in my head…

There were times, when I didn’t hold them to be true in my heart.

And you know how God has been teaching me joy?

Through trials…

Ironic, isn’t it?  The very avenues which, in the past, caused joy to flee, are the very paths through which God has been teaching me the principles of joy.

It has been through the trials that God has specifically designed to filter and purify me of those attitudes in my heart (doubt, fear, and others) and thought patterns in my mind (worry, discouragement, feeling of being overwhelmed and others) that aid in pushing joy out the window…

That, in my heart, I am coming to know true joy…

A joy that is anchored in Him who is strong enough to hold me steadfast with His presence, His promises and His provisions.

It is because of Him – my good Father and faithful Shepherd – that my joy doesn’t have to go flying out the window…

When tumultuous winds arise!

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