One way to define JOY is also a description of what brings joy. Joy is knowing someone is GLAD to be with us, no matter how our heart is feeling. That is also a gift, the Gift of Presence we can give to others.
Ultimately there is One who is always glad to be with us and always available.
From the Heart of Abba Today:
When you look at this photograph, you know that behind that fence and over that dune there is beauty as well as sights and sounds which bring joy to your heart.
You can not see them, in fact at first glance it appears to be a dry and barren place.
But because you have experienced this place and others like it you know what is just out of sight.
Beloved, every desert moment is just like that for Me.
I KNOW what is just ahead.
And I know also that the final destination is vastly more lovely and heart pleasing than even the beach is.
When you choose to trust, lean and rely on Me, especially when life looks bleak, then you can be joyful in hope , patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
Your hope is in the sure and certain knowing that “I AM” is always Emmanuel.
You can be patient in affliction because in prayer you can always heart connect to Me…and every single time you acknowledge Me you ARE heart connected even if you do not “feel” My presence in a tangible way.
I know what is just over the horizon and I AM all you need and will be walking with you.
Looking at the photograph you can also remember that going up that hill, you might see only one set of footprints because I will carry you as needed.