“Happiness is like a butterfly, which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.” – Nathaniel Hawthorne
Over Spring Break our family visited The Butterfly Palace in Branson, Missouri. How incredible it was to learn about how much these delicate creatures can accomplish in the 3-4 short weeks that they live. They flitter through this world for just a moment, but what joy and beauty they bring in that moment! It really is inspiring to think of what joy and beauty we have time to offer the world.
Of course, joy can be elusive for many people. How can we fill our own hearts with joy so we can allow that joy to overflow into the lives of others? Countless self-help books and seminars cover this topic, but why is it that joy still seems to slip through our fingers?
The Bible makes this ever so simple. Ecclesiastes 9:7 says, “Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a joyful heart, for God has already approved what you do.” Did you catch this? We don’t have to find joy, because through the grace of God we already have it!
As a child of God, you have His favor not because you earned it, but because He gives it to you freely. He has filled your life with joy…all you have to do is embrace it!
Walk outside and let the sun warm your face. God’s favor is there…can you feel it?