There is Joy in the Journey
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13)
I really enjoyed preaching through our “At the Crossroads” sermon series for the Lenten season. I was a little nervous at first committing to the series over the course of Lent. Some weeks brought with them great challenges by the nature of the subject at hand, but I felt God was leading us all on the journey together. Even when we faced the toughest and roughest crossroads, I felt blessed by how I saw God working through each one of you.
A picture hanging on our wall at home contains the phrase, “The Joy is in the Journey”. It is a daily reminder that joy can be found no matter where the journey takes us. Some days though it is hard to trust in that. Some days we will not be happy, but I believe there is some joy to be found if we look for it. Therein lies the challenge, right? The challenge is shifting our focus from what has entrapped us to where God is at work. We live in a world where it is easier to see the negative, and not only just see the negative but then become so enraptured by the negative it keeps us from moving forward.
I am not suggesting we have a Pollyanna view of the world. Sometimes some pretty bad stuff happens to us that we cannot deny, nor should we. We go through bad times, we lose loved ones, we suffer from depression, we get lost in the darkness around us. We cannot think or just wish the bad stuff away. Rather, we must look for where God is still at work in the world. The light of Christ is still shining in the darkness, and the darkness cannot overcome it. Because Christ is risen, death and destruction will not prevail.
We are an Easter people called and commissioned to joyfully point the way to Christ. We are called to look for where Christ is already at work in the world, and then join Christ in joyfully working to bring about the kingdom. I pray this day finds you filled with the joy, peace, love and hope that only Christ can bring.
Grace and peace,