Our idea of happiness might be –
A Corona free world, the end of masks, hugs again (I miss hugs)
Bills paid, or better yet, a growing bank account,
Good weather, green lights, some peace in our streets
A hot mug of yum (tea for me!), a comfy couch, and a great movie
Our children cooperative, our spouse attentive, our boss appreciative
A predictable schedule, a good retirement plan, etc.
But then we read God’s Word: He says things like:
Proverbs 3:5 (ICB) Trust the Lord with all your heart.
Don’t depend on your own understanding.
Matthew 6:33 (ICB) The thing you should want most is God’s kingdom and doing what God wants. Then all these other things you need will be given to you.
James 1:2 (ICB) My brothers, you will have many kinds of troubles. But when these things happen, you should be very happy.
And we find that God’s ways are often different than our ways, and our real joy, our true “happy place” does not depend on our comfort or our circumstance.
So, we have to adjust our hearts, our thinking, our priorities. I know I do! It reminds me of a song we use to sing when I was a kid.
Happiness is the Lord!
Happiness is to know the Savior, Living a life within His favor,
Having a change in my behavior, Happiness is the Lord.
Happiness is a new creation, Jesus and me in close relation,
Having a part in His salvation, Happiness is the Lord.
Real joy is mine, No matter if the teardrops start,
I've found a secret, It's Jesus in my heart.
Happiness is to be forgiven, Living a life that's worth the livin',
Taking a trip that leads to Heaven, Happiness is the Lord!
Maybe this is the joy, the happiness, that should be bubbling in our hearts.
A pondering by Holly Woodbridge