Rejoicing doesn’t always mean plastic smiles and platitudes

Rejoice in the Lord always! And again, I say rejoice. Phil. 4:4

Rejoicing is sort of like joining a current that is always already flowing. Remember that scene in Finding Nemo when the characters join the East Australian current and are swept along in it?* Rejoicing isn’t about denying reality or finding silver linings but about experiencing God in the present moment. Stop wishing, expecting, and planning. Stop noticing what’s imperfect and incomplete. Stop feeling the compulsion to resolve everything first. Let that stuff go. Notice beauty. Listen for music or find it in surrounding sounds. Love the ones you’re with. Respond authentically to this moment from a place of awareness, acceptance, rest, trust, and love because God is with us, for us and in us. Always.

Lord, I want to experience Your joy in this moment.

*If you haven’t seen it, it’s worth 100 minutes of your life.