Sunday night after the rejoicing, the picture-taking and dinner that was full of chatter and laughter, I was wheeled to my daughter’s bedroom (which is what my husband and I are using while ours is being renovated), and as I sat on the bed, I felt my heart was bursting with thanksgiving to the Lord. I had been feeling Him hovering in our family room as we posed before the camera, laughing, even arguing of how to sit or whether we use flash – the usual family fun stuff.
And when I sat in the quiet, I didn’t know how to express my gratitude to Him. He has filled my heart to the full. I know how to be full for I had known, for a long time, how to be empty and wanting and longing. Those were the seasons of sickness and suffering.
While I meditated on the goodness of the Lord, buoyed by our recent triumphs, I heard an imaginary person mocking me. How could you feel so full when you can’t walk and travel and breathe normally unlike other people?
Ha! I knew that was the voice of Job’s wife. Remember Job’s wife who persecuted him when he clung to his faith, his God and worshiped Him despite his world being turned upside down? I know that deep within the minds of people of the world is the silent question, “How could you feel so full when you’re unwell and can’t do things normally? Aren’t you just fooling yourself?”
I wasn’t and I’m not now fooling myself when I say that the Lord fills me with peace and joy the world cannot comprehend.
But indeed, how do we multiply joy when trials persist? When answers to prayers tarry for more than we think we can hold on? When waiting turns into more waiting, longer and ever painful?
The Lord has taught me not to steal the joy of tomorrow, not to postpone the rejoicing to the day when healing has come, when dreams have been fulfilled, when our earnest prayers have been answered. Tomorrow or the next is not yet ours to utilize, but we have this day to live, to experience peace and joy, to lift our thanksgiving to the Lord and savor His presence.
Should we then postpone our rejoicing in Him to show our gratitude for His day-to-day faithfulness just because some of our prayers remain unanswered? In essence, it is as if we are saying that we could postpone living to an unknown time in the future.
Nay, but we live in the moment, today, as we’re given a portion of joy.
Whatever is the magnitude of the joy that’s in your hands right now, the Lord can multiply it until it overflows and fills the people around you, too. There were only five loaves and two fish but when the Lord took hold of them, looked up to heaven and blessed them, the dinner of fish and bread multiplied to feed five thousand and they were all filled, and they still took up 12 baskets full of fragments (Matt. 14:13-21).
So, that’s what we do! We take hold of what we’ve been given, look up to Him to THANK Him for it and BLESS Him that He has not forgotten to serve us our portion, and it will multiply! We multiply joy, every blessing, by thanking and blessing the Lord for it.
Jesus took the five loaves and two fish, looked up toward heaven, and blessed them. Then, breaking the loaves into pieces, he gave the bread to the disciples, who distributed it to the people. 20 They all ate as much as they wanted, and afterward, the disciples picked up twelve baskets of leftovers. (Matt. 14:19-20 NLT)
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