Yesterday, I walked our dog, Titus, through the neighborhood golf course. A hilly course allowing him some needed running space and me a cardio challenge.
The snow was melting, the rain dissolving all the wonderful white stuff. But as we reached the backside of the course, some snow lingered in the shadows of the large pine trees and in the shaded areas where the sun had not reached.
We made our way up the last rise and to our delight found a beautiful blanket of snow covering the backside of the slope.
Titus loves snow!
So as we crested the top of the hill he saw the snow, ran directly towards the frozen sheet, and dove in.
The recent rain caused a thin film of ice to collect on the surface. Making it a slick crunchy combination. Yet, he wiggled and rolled, jumping to his feet and then diving again.
It was pure joy spilled over snow, grass, and icy glaze.
Standing at the edge of the slope, he took a plunge but this time he caught the edge of a patch of ice and slid down slowly to the bottom. Jumping up, with large brown eyes staring at me, he stood motionless for a few seconds. You could tell he was thinking and then almost like a light being flipped on; he ran to the top of the slop and tried it again.
Pure joy had shifted to exhilaration!
I spent several more minutes standing at the top of the hill. Watching the scene unfold – run to the top of the ridge, lay on your side, back leg gives a push and a slow slide to the bottom.
On the walk home, his stride had a little prance. He would look back at me occasionally, tongue hanging from his mouth and the faintest twinkle in his eyes.
He was satisfied, joyously filled.
Our culture would like to keep us distracted, longing for more, perhaps even envious of others’ lives. We don’t necessarily want to admit that we have fallen prey to this trap but the feelings are there lingering just at the edge of our consciousness.
But what if there was a way to be deeply satisfied, joyously filled every day?
And I’m not talking about being filled only in the good times. The times when life is easy, working out just the way we planned.
No, I’m talking about being filled with joy in the midst of the devastation that occasionally rocks our lives.
Isaiah 26:3-4 tells us,
(3) You (Lord) will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. (4) Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal.
New International Version (NIV)
The Lord offers a solution, perfect peace, deep satisfaction, and indescribable joy. All the results of our willingness to be obedient to His will and to trust Him. This will require us to evade the distractions the world places in front of us and to forego our personal agendas.
We will be challenged to find the courage to surrender our wills to His authority, allowing our hearts and lives to be transformed into His image.
And when we have taken the steps to let go we will wake one morning and find in the place of our longing, deep satisfaction. In the place of our heartache, joy, unexplainable, perfect joy.
It won’t happen all at once, refinement takes time.
But as we grow closer, peace will fall over our lives, a steadiness that brings confidence – regardless of our circumstances, regardless of our brokenness, God is near.
BeLOVED, you can have a life of satisfaction, filled to the brim and overflowing.
Lean into Him.
He is near.