Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2
Joy. That was part of this morning’s devotional around our Advent wreath.
When Joseph and Mary held Jesus, they were like any other set of parents….. their hearts were bursting with joy.
I can remember falling in love all over again the moment my two children were placed in my arms for the first time. That kind of love mixed with joy can not be explained only experienced.
We sing carols exclaiming the joy of the world during this time of the year. We celebrate that joy. We capture it and give it to others.
Joy isn’t only involved in wondrously treasured moments. Joy can be found in the underlining of every sorrow.
Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds…. James 1:2
As Mary held her baby, she didn’t focus on how God’s plan of salvation would occur. She focused on the joy that this baby will bring to anyone who possesses grace.
Jesus found joy in the outcome of His death, not the agony He would face.
Honestly, I never realized that underneath my pain, sorrow and anguish; joy resides. Joy. I reflect on trials today….. I want to peel back all that dark unpleasant affliction and find Jesus’ joy.
My miscarriage…… heartbreaking and painful. And underneath it is joy because that sweet life was born in heaven and into the arms of Jesus. Joy because what if something was life threatening and painfully wrong…..my baby never had to suffer.
Mary found it. Her heart broke under the heavy weight of Jesus’ agonizing death. Under the confusion and grieving, she found joy in knowing that God’s plan was underway. She touched the joy when Jesus approached her at the tomb. She understood the joy knowing that Jesus was alive and at the right side of God.
Joy. Sweet Joy.
What ever you are experiencing right now that is bringing you such agony…. peel back all the yuck and find the joy. It is there. Jesus saw it in His trial and death. If it was there for Him, it is there for us to embrace.
Find it. Embrace that JOY!