This is the first part in the series on Joy

“The hope of the righteous brings joy, but the expectation of the wicked will perish.” — Proverbs 10:28

Do you remember the day you were saved? I became a Christian in a little Anglican church in our neighbourhood. My parents used to drop my sisters and I there on a Sunday morning, I think in the hope that we would have good morals. One day after the service I asked one of my sisters to go and get the Minister because I wanted to become a Christian. Along came the minister, he prayed the prayer of salvation with me and I went home feeling no different. However, later that day I remember standing in our kitchen and the sun was streaming through the window and it suddenly dawned on me that today we a significant day. I remember this moment and this feeling to this day. Joy. The Joy of my salvation. The discovery that I was saved.

I’ve known this joy over and over again in my Christian walk at various times but often it has been through Bible revelation.  The Bible is so rich, and I feel like I know so little. When God reveals something new through scripture, either through a daily reading or a sermon or bible study; there’s joy in this discovery.

During this time of Corona virus lock-down our extended family has a LOCKDOWN WhatsApp group, where people post positive pictures of things that have made them smile. We’ve had pictures of old family relics that people have discovered again whilst cleaning out their attics, birthdays celebrated under lock-down, hobbies discovered or rediscovered, but I would say the vast majority are pictures of nature. Creatures they’ve discovered in their garden or plants that seem to be doing better than before. Now, anyone that knows me will be thinking, Natalie, you have not posted anything in that group that resembles a plant, at least not an alive one. This is not actually true as I did post a photo of the neighbour’s garden which is looking lovely, but the reality is that I have whatever is the opposite of Green Fingers. Nevertheless, I find joy in the other group members’ discoveries of God’s creation.

“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.” — Psalms 19:1

— Natalie G.

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