Have you had your Joy Juice today? When you’ve had your personal serving, it’s much easier to encourage others along your way.
Each of us has times of discouragement. Sometimes, that discouragement threatens to turn into despair. It’s a tough place to be. It is in those times that we should remind ourselves to ask God for His wisdom and strength.
Angie Smith tells the story of how she and her family were on a vacation cruise and they met a woman who was battling cancer. Angie’s little girl scooted up next to the woman with no hair and began a conversation about God. “You see the sky? Jesus made it. You see the water? Jesus made that, too. You see the birds? Jesus made them.” Then she paused for a brief moment and said, “But I don’t think Jesus can make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.”
What a precious, innocent heart! We can learn much from children. This little girl’s thought process “reflects our own tendency to miss certain aspects of God’s character. We believe His hand is big enough to set the stars in place, but not small enough to intervene in our lives in ways that really matter to us.” (Your Beautiful Purpose)
The wisdom and joy that we can gain from this insight is that God loves us and cares about every tiny detail of our lives. So when we don’t understand His plan, we can still trust Him. Proverbs 3:5 tells us to: “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;”
With child-like faith, let’s trust in the joy of the Lord to be our strength!