I’m having a good week. I’ve been very productive in doing housework, art, exercise, reading, writing, working, and spending time with my family.
Today I’ve enjoyed tidying up my art studio and then spending time painting at a local coffee shop.
I then popped into church and carried on painting while listening to worship music. It was a very uplifting and spiritual experience. I find it very easy to get closer to Abba at Sandhurst Baptist Chapel.
Once I’d finished drawing the bricks, I settled to read scripture and I stumbled upon this verse, ‘Be cheerful with joyous celebration in every season of life. Let joy overflow, for you are united with the Anointed One!’ (Philippians 4:4 The Passion Translation)
That’s challenging, isn’t it? To be cheerful and joyous in EVERY season of life. Can we really be expected to be cheerful and joyous when a loved one dies, or when faced with other life challenges?
We know that even Jesus wept. Therefore, it must have another meaning. It might mean that even when sad or in distress/despair we can find a way of getting close to God. Letting Him draw you close to Him, so that He can refresh us with joy and peace and cheer us up. I’m not a theologian, but that makes sense of this verse for me.
It also seems to be reminding us that, even in the midst of horrible life circumstances, we are united with Him and He loves us.
Even when Jesus wept He knew who was in control. His Father was there for Him and loving Him.
So, the challenge is: when we face life’s trials and tribulations lean on Him for the joy that flows from His Spirit.