Drive to the airport terminal, wait for the new arrivals. Search for my son’s face among a sea of strangers. At last I see him smiling, walking in my direction. Feel his arms around me, hugging me to his chest.Joy rises like mercury in a thermometer.
Next morning, turn on the computer. Open an email from my “God friend.” See the photo of her little man, newborn, long-awaited answer to prayer. Joy rises once again. My heart does a cartwheel.
Skim the latest updates on my Facebook friends. Celebrations captured and shared. My “forever friend” dances in the arms of the handsome groom, her newly-wed son. Her sentimental smile is bright as the sun.
More photos. Different friends. Grinning with their grown children. Newly graduated. One just finished high school and the other earned a college degree. I love seeing these families united, having fun.
“A joyful heart is good medicine.” (Proverbs 17:22) Like the cherry cough drops I savored as a kid.
If only life wasn’t filled with bitter pills that make me frown and gag. But that’s another blog.
Today, across this land, many of my beloved friends are celebrating milestones. My heart rejoices because I’ve prayed for them over the years, listened to their concerns. So now I praise God for these answered prayers, and having my immediate family together beneath one roof.
Relish: the moment when joy abounds.
Realize: there is a time for everything. “A time to weep, And a time to laugh; A time to mourn, And a time to dance.” (Ecclesiastes 3:4)
Remember: “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.” (Psalms 30:5)
“If only we can anticipate the morning, and feel in the night of sorrow that underlying Joy that tells of confident expectations of the morning.” (God Calling Journal)
“Rejoice: in the Lord always, and again I say, rejoice.“ (Phil. 4:4) even in the night of sorrow.
Log off my computer because JOY has come.
Must not waste good celebration time. Need to wake up sleeping heads with the smell of bacon frying in the pan, and blueberry waffles.
Time to enjoy.