I love the seasons. And some are my favorite, like autumn. There is just so much beauty in this season! I wish these days could go on and on, forever.
And I also love it when life goes smoothly, and the beauty and joy just spills out onto everything. I wish for days that are peaceful, beautiful, and trouble-free. I don't like stress.
But what if we could train our eyes and our hearts to see beauty on any day, even on the hard days?
"When it seems as though you are facing nothing
but difficulties see it as an invaluable opportunity
to experience the greatest joy that you can."
(James 1:2 TPT)
"Every time we face anything that causes us to cry out to God, let's declare that this hard time will be a holy time, a close-to-God time."
What we keep our eyes on, where our hearts rest, what our focus is on ... determines our joy. A hard day and difficult times may be just what we need, to turn to the true source of joy. Joy that doesn't need perfect circumstances. For joy is available always, a gift from our faithful, loving God. I am continually learning this, over and over. And it is true.
"The crucial detail for us to have peace
in the midst of everything we face
is to stay close to the Lord."
(The last two quotes above are from Lysa Terkeurst's book It's Not Supposed to Be This Way. I just finished reading this, and highly recommend it.)