Restoring My Joy
One day recently I was having a rough day as a mom. My two young boys were driving me crazy, the house was a mess and my husband was working late. Miraculously, I managed to make dinner and get the boys to sit down. Not two minutes later my two year-old was refusing to eat and the one year-old was spitting his food back in my face. I couldn’t take it anymore. I left the room, sat in a corner and cried.
Soon my two year-old came in and said: No crying Mama. He grabbed a tissue, and lovingly wiped my eyes. Then he smiled at me and said: See, all better.
I couldn’t help but smile. His answer was so simple and yet so profound. I was the one focusing on the negative. All I needed to do was take a deep breath, look at my beautiful family and thank God for his immeasurable blessings.
Soon after this incident I came across this verse in Psalms 51:12 (NIV). It was written by David after his sin with Bathsheba.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.
This passage really spoke to me. I often find myself in need of a renewal of joy, whether in response to sin or not. And it comforts me to remember that I have salvation in Christ and that he can sustain me.
Joy really is a choice. Remember God and his blessings and he can restore your joy as well.