Nothing planned but a day with my two and a peace that has settled over our house, a random blessing of peace and presence and the thought that if I could spend every day with this feeling then I'd be very happy with that.
I've got a lot I want to write about at the moment. But not today.
Sometimes you just need to pause for a moment, push back the normal everyday stuff, the fears you face, the unknown future in front of you, the list of things to do and wallow in the blessings you've been given, a prayer of thanks in your heart and a smile on your face, knowing only a good God could make this blessed thankfulness my duty for today.
The point is our joy. That is when God is most pleased. They aren't two different things: God's joy over here and our joy over there. They are the same. God takes great pleasure in us living as we were made to live. He even commands it in the Psalms: 'Take delight in the Lord.' It's such an odd command, isn't it? You will be happy or else ... but God is serious about this. Now this joy doesn't rule out suffering, difficulty, and struggle. In fact, taking Jesus seriously almost guarantees that our lives will be difficult. History proves it. And very few actually set out to live such a focused, beautiful life. Narrow is the way, and only a few find it. But the kind of joy God speaks of transcends these struggles and difficulties. I love how one writer put it: 'The peace of God, which transcends all understanding.'
Sometimes when my boys and I are jumping and one of us starts laughing, we all start laughing. We're jumping and we're short of breath and we're sweating and we're having such a great time. When we're too exhausted to jump anymore, we'll lie down on the mat and stare up at the vast blue sky above us and watch the clouds go by and listen to the breeze as it moves the leaves overhead. I'll be there on my back, and I'll say a short prayer: 'God, I can't believe I get to live this life.'
- Rob Bell, Velvet Elvis