My Ink Dance

Discovering Extraordinary Grace in an Ordinary Life

Are You Waiting For Joy?

I go through my day, so many days actually, waiting. I do the things that need to be done, complete the tasks on my list (sometimes), but I still wait. What exactly am I waiting for?

I’m waiting for joy to find me.

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Somehow I’ve adopted the idea that I could just go about my life and joy would find me. It would seek me out in the everyday mundane and the hard places I don’t want to go through. Joy owed me that. The effort. The seeking. But I had it all backwards.

Joy is not something to find you, but something you need to find. You need to seek it out. To pursue it to experience it. But when we wait for joy to find us we miss out on so many opportunities to smile, to be amazed, to laugh.

And we are meant for all those things. Every single day.

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It isn’t easy at the beginning. It may feel forced and cliché, and it is. But then something changes. The more we seek joy out the more it finds us. Another paradox of faith that I’ll never be able to wrap my head around completely.

But joy isn’t something to understand, it’s something to feel.

Seek joy. Find joy. Feel joy.


Another step in the journey toward finding my way, check out the other posts in the series below.

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About Becky Hastings

I am emotional and logical. I am strong and dependent. I am a juxtaposition of head and heart exploring it all through writing. And in all my mixed-up ways I am loved. I'm here to tell you that you are, too. Just the way you are.

2 Replies

  1. Great post, Becky! Thank you for reading! We write about a lot of the same stuff = hard things. #kindredspirits

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