There once was a man who awoke one morning to find a puddle of water in the middle of his king-size water bed. In order to fix the puncture, he rolled the heavy mattress outdoors and filled it with more water so he could locate the leak more easily. The enormous bag of water was impossible to control and began rolling on the hilly terrain. He tried to hold it back, but it headed downhill and landed in a clump of bushes which poked it full of holes.
Disgusted, he threw out the water bed frame and moved a standard bed into his room. The next morning, he woke to find a puddle of water in the middle of the new bed. The upstairs bathroom had a leaky drain.
What do you do at times like that? Five years from now, it will be funny. There are all kinds of reasons to laugh. Will you allow the joy of Christ to shine through you even in the tough times?
Then he said to them, "Go, eat of the fat, drink of the sweet, and send portions to him who has nothing prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not be grieved, for the joy of the LORD is your strength."
- Nehemiah 8:10 (New American Standard Bible)
Dear Lord and Heavenly Father, We ask that you would fill us with your joy! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.