Spring has arrived here in Michigan (or at least a taste of it has), and I am beyond thrilled! The warm air, the sun shining, and the general feeling of a great awakening. This season is a favorite for me. I've been blessed to be able to spend a lot of time outside over the last couple of weeks, and every time I feel like I discover more of God's beauty.
As wonderful as this season is, I can't help but notice that there are people that are going through a very difficult season of life. Whether it be family crisis, financial trouble, or health issues, it seems that many are facing a time of trial and hardship. I can't help but think of Solomon. He wrote Ecclesiastes during a dark time and he wrote one of my very favorite verses
"There is a time for everything, and a season for every activities under the heavens." Ecc. 3:1
I've faced a lot of hard seasons myself, and I have not always lived in the grace and comforting embrace of my savior during those seasons. But as I've grown and come to know the Lord in a more intimate way, I've learned that living in Joy and Peace even in the midst of the hard times is not only possible, it is completely attainable. How?? By living out the words of James 1:2
"Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kind..."
"Rejoice in the Lord ALWAYS. I will say it again REJOICE!" Phill. 4:4
So there it is, the great secret to a life of joy. It comes down to this: No matter where you are or what you're going through, Rejoice in Christ! Rejoice in the fact that He has given you breath in your lungs, and another day to live. Rejoice that you have people that love you. And Rejoice that Christ loves you, died for you, and has a purpose for you!
No matter the season, find joy and beauty in who God is and how much He loves you!