Any and Every Excuse

“This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭118:24‬ ‭

Ever witnessed pure joy?

I did. Yesterday, as a matter of fact.

One of my littles was bent over his desk, labouring over his printing book. It was intense. It was consuming. I took note, and then scanned the room, observing the work in progress.

There was a noise. It was a cross between a squeak and a whoop. I looked over.

There was my little, shaking his head fervently.

“I can’t believe it,” he was saying. “I just can’t believe it.”

Curious, I moved closer to his desk. His blonde head was quivering – indeed, his entire body was vibrating with strong emotion.

“Look at this ‘m’, Mrs. Lowes. Can you believe it? I did not know I could make an ‘m’ that good.” He looked up at me, his face a picture of rapture.

Now, that is joy.

Trust a kid to find any and every excuse to celebrate life!

This is the day that the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.

Do you seize opportunities for joy in your day? Do you get the ‘joy shakes’ over the simple pleasures in life?

We could learn a lot from a little.

Clean sheets. A green light in heavy traffic. A bite of sweet chocolate. The way the light dances through the fall leaves in a park. A smile from a friend. Warm socks on a cool day. Shoes that don’t hurt your feet. A hot shower.

All pleasant things.

All a potential excuse for rejoicing.

Ever notice how cynical and demanding we can get? We can become so used to the beautiful simple things in our lives that we stop counting them as joys and start expecting them as our rights.

When we live as people of the Book, we should take any and every excuse to give in to joy. Yet some of us look as though we had swallowed a sour python.

Yes, some days are tough. Real tough.

But I guarantee it – there is a joy wiggle just waiting to happen, if you are looking for one.

Keep an eye out for any and every excuse for joy with me?

Father, You invented joy. Bless us with the ability to grab onto it wherever we can. Give us eyes to see, and hearts that count and treasure our blessings. Amen.

Published by melodylowes

I am actually a bit of a mess. But in the mess, I’m finding security in knowing I am chosen, I am forgiven, and I matter. After uncovering a history of abuse in my past, I have done a lot of healing - and writing is one way I can invite you deeper into your own healing journey! I write devotionals about the complicated thing called life at growing-in-grace.ca, and my poetry is stashed at melodylowes.com. Pull up a chair and a coffee or tea and lets grow together!

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