In your greatest joy and deepest cry

greatest joy & deepest cry

 

I have found that in life, there are three emotional places a person can be at any given moment. In this life, we either find someone when they’re most happiest. When everything is going their way and it seems like nothing can stop them from progressing to their desired goals in life. In this stage, you wake up singing about the goodness of life and the joy of living. Other times, we either find people when they are kind of in the middle grounds of life. For them, life is neither great, nor is it bad. For them, life is just kind of stuck in the middle seasons. These people are not sure where to go, no sense of direction is moving them one way or another. From here, we find people who are at their most depressed state. Life feels like a 10,000 ton necklace weighting you down. No matter what you try, how you do things, life seems to throw you curveballs and bait & switch. In this stage, a person would not see the point of life. 

In your greatest joy…
In the middle of the road…
In your deepest cry…

I am forever always reminded that in this journey with Jesus, our lives will reflect that of a rollarcoaster. There will be moments of Highs and moments of lows that will weave to the elb and flow of our lives. There will be moments where we feel like we are stuck in the middle grounds of life, waiting on the wind to move us in some form of a direction. 

Waiting to move us up high…
Waiting to move us somewhere…
Waiting to move us down low…

The one constant thing that we can count on is Jesus. 

Jesus was there from the start…
Jesus was there in the middle…
Jesus will be there in the end…

I read stories like Joseph who was the favorite among his brothers. Joseph had it made in the life that he was living. But as life would have it, Joseph would end up in a pithole fearful for his life, sold into slavary, place in the house of a Master, who would make Joseph over all the things in his house. It reads that Joseph found favor in the eyes of his master because God was “with” him. Thru-out this whole time, in the great, in the lonely, in the fear, in the favor, God was with Joseph. 

These are some of the most powerful words found in scripture. God had not abandon Joseph in his hour of need, God had not abandon Joseph in his greatest joy. If you go back early enough to read that Jacob loved Joseph more than he loved any of his other brothers.

Why?

Because God was with him…

God doesn’t desert you when you need him the most, and he doesn’t desert you when you think you need him the least. In all walks of life, the one constant figure in our journey is God. Even when we can’t see him or feel him, or even believe him, he is still there. 

That’s powerful…
That’s wonderful…
That’s glorious…

Joseph found himself back in bondage after his master’s wife lied about the true nature of what had occured and why Joseph fleed the scene. If I am Joseph, I’m wondering why doing the right thing is costing me my freedom. It wasn’t as if Joseph was in sin or chained by the reoccuring battle within himself. Joseph was caught up in the grips of life. Yet, we read: GOD WAS WITH HIM.

With him in the darkness…
With him in the storms…
With him in the cries…

Our journey with Christ was never promised to be smooth, easy, or fun. Christ reminded us in the book of luke that we needed to count the cost of following him. That if we wanted glory, we must be willing to lay down our lives for the journey. Did Jesus always mean that we would suffer? By no means, However, he tells us that we are made stronger thru suffering and that those who last thru suffering will find their reward in glory! Yet, in all of this, in all the hardship, the unknown, the darkness, in your deepest cries or your greatest joy….

GOD IS WITH YOU!

He has always been there…
He is currently there…
He will always be there…

The beauty that we see in Christ, is that in His never failing love, He will always work everything for your good. 

May you find God in your greatest joy
May you find God in your deepest cries
May you find God in the calm
May you find God in the storm
May you know deep in the the depths of your heart that He will be with you

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