“These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.”
When I was ten years old in the early 1970’s, our family of seven moved from California to Oklahoma. My Grandpa had built a three-room house back in the 1950’s that our family would now call our new home. There was no indoor plumbing, no bathroom, and no running water! We had to build an outhouse in order to use the restroom, and we had to draw our water from the original 12-foot-deep well which my Grandpa dug when he built the house.
We had only lived in our Oklahoma home for a few months before the well went dry. I remember having to haul water from a neighbor’s house back to ours until we could have a new well drilled. We had plenty of love to go around, but we didn’t have a lot of money. I remember working all summer long hauling hay with my dad and my older brother to make enough money to drill a well. Finally, after months of saving, we were ready to move forward. We hired some workers to come out and drill, and when they got 65 feet deep they hit an underground spring. Before they could get all of the equipment buckled back on the truck, crystal clear spring water began to run over the top of the well casing! We were so excited and filled with joy because we could finally stop hauling water!
That joy for me lasts even to this day!
In a much more profound way, when I asked Jesus to be my Savior on the third Sunday of June 1979, the joy I felt in my heart because of what Jesus did for me has never stopped flowing! There are many times in life that I can look back on and see different degrees of sadness for one reason or another: whether the despair because of the loss of a job, or the grief from the death of a loved one. However, I have never lost my joy because I know that I belong to Jesus! The enemy tries with so much persistence to rob us of our joy, and sometimes it’s really easy to allow that to happen. We can overcome that temptation by standing firm in our faith and trusting in the One who truly cares for us! Only then can we say His joy remains in us. Only then may our joy be truly full!
Heavenly Father, I trust You today to sustain me with joy because I belong to You! In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.