No matter the circumstance, choose joy

By: By Milley Brewington - Guest columnist

On Saturday morning, Oct. 8, as I was reading from my Bible, I focused on a verse from the book of Psalms. “I sought the Lord, and He answered me and delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to Him are radiant with joy” (Psalms 34: 4-5). Hurricane Matthew had been predicted and the news reporters were advising people what to do in order to be prepared for the storm and remain safe. As the rain began to pour down, I would quite often run outside and lift my hands to heaven and sing praises to God and thank Him for Who I know He is. In my life experiences, God has proven His faithfulness to me. Singing praises to God is never more meaningful than when you praise Him in a storm.

My mind reflected on previous days when we had rain and I could remember hearing the rain on the roof of my home. On one particular day it began to thunder and outside near my front porch, I could hear a bird singing. The harder the rain fell, the louder the bird would sing. My heart felt so much lighter as I remembered that I needed to praise God even in my storm. As I listened to the bird singing, I realized that I had not been leaning on the Lord as I should. That tiny bird reminded me to choose joy and redirect my focus from my problems to Christ.

Later in the day on Saturday as the rain came down very hard, my brother and I kept watching the field in front of my home. My brother Earl mentioned that he had never seen so much rain standing in the field and the ditches nearby before as what we were seeing from Hurricane Matthew. Before the power went out on Saturday, my brother and I were watching the news on my television in my home. I watched the storm as the waves would increase at the ocean. My mind thought of these difficult seasons that we sometimes have in life as waves. They may be small at times and we barely notice them lapping over our feet, or they may tower above us and rush powerfully against us with such force that we fear being swept away. The waves may be spaced far apart, giving you time to recover, or they may crash one after the next, barely giving you time to gasp for breath in between. No matter how violent the storm, God promises, “I will hold on to you with My righteous right hand” (Isaiah 11:10). We should trust in God’s ability to keep His promises. in spite of our weakness. We have an Anchor that is stronger than any wave—-and though we feel like the water is battering us to a pulp, the truth is we are being driven into the Rock and built up in His love, even as our own strength drains away. The Lord will strengthen us when we get weary in the storm and we can be radiant with joy that can only be found in Christ Jesus.

Knowing that you belong to God, you can be secure in His love and put your trust in His faithfulness.

Whatever season you are in, know that Jesus is right there with you and you are never alone for He has promised to never leave you nor forsake you. What are you choosing this day? Choose joy! We sometimes get caught up in our circumstances and seasons and sometimes forget in all of our running and weariness that we need to stop and sing God’s praises, even in the rain.

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By Milley Brewington

Guest columnist