“To do your will, O my God, is my delight, and your law is within my heart!” Psalm 40:8
I have a friend who was asked something from the Lord that was quite difficult. She hesitantly gave her yes to God. She then felt the Lord say, “I don’t want your resignation but rather a joyful yes.” So she gave her joyful yes. That response to God has changed her whole life.
This scripture has been speaking to me lately. I often say to the Lord, “I want to do your will,” but I don’t always say I will do it with joy and delight. Of course, I delight when I like it but the delighting part comes harder when I don’t like what I am being asked to do.
Things happen during the day that often are not in my schedule, but they are clearly what God wants. Interruptions of all sorts come my way. I have a choice to make: do I look at the person in front of me as an interruption or as a gift from God.
As a parent, I know what a gift it is when a child responds with a “Sure Mom” to a command I give. It is a refreshing warmth to my spirit. It feels so much better than a “No, I don’t want to,” or even a reluctant “Okay” as they mope around doing it.
I think it must make Jesus so happy when I respond with joy. Why would I not want to please him in such a manner? He is my life, my friend, my savior, my redeemer, my comfort and joy. Why should I not give him comfort and joy for all he has done for me.
This Advent I hope to work on delighting in his will.
Have a blessed Advent!
Mary Ann / Mother Hen