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Do you ever have a moment when a song you think you know so well all of a sudden jumps out at you in a new way? Amanda wrote about something like this not too long ago … of course, since we’re soul sisters and alike in many ways.
Maybe a few conversations last night with a dear friend were still too imprinted on my heart to let the words go this morning. But as we sang the very old hymn “Joyful, Joyful,” each word seemed to resonate with me in a new way.
Joyful, joyful, we adore Thee,
God of glory, Lord of love;
Yes, Lord, I adore You. This year has been rough. The unknown still haunts me. But I trust You, God. I continue to go along with my plan of having no plan and simply resting in You. Teach me how to adore You more.
Hearts unfold like flow’rs before Thee,
Op’ning to the sun above.
How simple and trusting these flowers are. They open their everything to You. Simple, undemanding, and yet You shine on them, allowing them to grow, nurturing them with rain and sun. If my heart were only so simple and easy and open. Let it be.
Melt the clouds of sin and sadness;
Drive the dark of doubt away;
This, Lord, is where I sit. So much sadness this year. My heart is so heavy for my friend, who wants a baby so badly–and I want her to experience her own. My heart is weighed down with this unsold house, financial worries, and fears of the unknown. Help me to trust You more. Show me how to do that. Send me mentors. Give me no peace until I have immersed myself in Your Word and in prayer. Drive the dark of doubt away!
Giver of immortal gladness,
Fill us with the light of day!
Lord, fill me. Make me a new creation in You. Let me radiate joy such that others will ask about it. I deeply desire this immortal gladness–happiness that is beyond circumstances, finances, everyday life. I thank You for being ready and able to fill me with it if I will only come to You.