Then Hannah prayed and said:
“My heart rejoices in the Lord;
in the Lord my horn is lifted high.
My mouth boasts over my enemies,
for I delight in your deliverance. 1 Sam 2:1
Where has my joy been hiding? I’d looked everywhere. Between the couch cushions is usually where my pens go to get lost. But my joy wasn’t there.
My gratitude journal was my next obvious choice. The new habit I so excitedly jumped into, that only lasted four days. My joy wasn’t there either.
What about the exciting new novel I can’t wait to get lost in? Picking it up, I felt some of what I had been missing. The characters embraced me, drawing me into their world. The delicious sensation they gave me was never the less temporary. As soon as I chose to close the book, the feeling vanished.
In today’s Bible verse, there’s no doubt: Hannah has found joy! She’s gotten a huge answer to prayer, and she can’t thank God enough. It’s easy to rejoice when given a great gift, but what about when our life is ordinary? How do we find joy then?
Lately, I’ve been starting my day with the same prayer: Lord, let me find my joy in you.
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Phil 4:4
When I pray this prayer and Bible verse, my ordinary days makes more sense. I find meaning.
Because what I do, I do to God’s glory.
That makes it worth something.
That makes it meaningful.
I didn’t find joy between the couch cushions. I found it in God’s Word and in prayer. It turns out this kind of joy lasts longer.
In His love,