Where The Joy Is
By April Byrd on May 30, 2012
The LORD will surely comfort Zion and will look with compassion on all her ruins; he will make her deserts like Eden, her wastelands like the garden of the LORD. Joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and the sound of singing.(Isaiah 51:3)
When this scripture was read out loud at church service it stood out so beautifully, and was completely touching. It's outstanding because it's far from a no-brainer. The difference and contrast between a dessert and a garden is major.
A dessert is an extremely dry place, with literally no life, no fruitfulness at all, pretty much just dryness and death. No one ever wants to even be in a dessert, and living in a dessert is impossible.
However, when we think of a garden, we think of an abundance of beauty, vivid colors, fruitfulness, but most of all: Life!
If all these are characteristics of a natural garden, how much more in the garden of the Lord.
The scripture says: "...he will make her deserts like Eden, her wastelands like the garden of the LORD. Joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and the sound of singing."
This is talking about a life so abundant, that it's overflowing with joy. The idea that God has so much compassion that he can make our desert; our dry, barren, unfruitful places like an abundant garden filled with not only joy and gladness, but thanksgiving, is amazing. Even Thanksgiving, as an American holiday, we expect to have a great feast like no man's business, how about the joy of the thanksgiving spirit everyday, because we know the lord.
Now that's good, and it makes everyday not just a holiday, but a holy day.
Nowadays, it seems like we're celebrating a national holiday every other week. Americans need more things to celebrate to keep life from being solemn. However, God having and actively using the ability to make the deserts of our lives, into productive gardens... that's a cause for celebration like no other.
Embrace the power of God and watch how instantly fruitful you feel. A life, breath, inspiration will grow on the inside of you that will cause you to jump, sing, and do a little dance...just because it's a Wednesday!
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