In March of 2020 there was snow on the ground, cold and dreary weather, and all of a sudden, we as a country and a world, were in the middle of a pandemic. We were all stuck at home, confused and wondering how long will this last?!?! Not one person knew the intensity of this virus.
We were perplexed and then it hit me…I have to choose joy through this crisis. Why? Because if I didn’t I would have spiralled down to complete depression.
We had so many plans for travel in the spring and summer — to celebrate my mother-in-law’s 80th birthday party, to see our granddaughters’ musical, to host a cousin camp, to see family, to celebrate my birthday by seeing Hamilton in Los Angeles. It was not happening. I had to choose joy! In John 15:11 Jesus says, “Choose joy so that my joy may be in you and your joy may be full.”
I started thinking of the blessings I have experienced through this crisis, like a beautiful summer in Alberta. We even bought a tent trailer and went camping several times. I spent quality time with my husband and even learned how to work Zoom! We began eating healthy, exercising more, reading more, and enlightening my love for the Word.
The Lord brought joy to me. I had to choose joy so that I would not go into a pit. Joy doesn’t depend on circumstances, it is a choice, an issue of the heart.
Now that we are in winter and COVID has not gone away, we still have a choice. Are we going to choose joy through this strange time of our lives, or are we going to choose to be angry and depressed, mad and frustrated? My husband and I made the decision a couple of weeks ago to cancel our flights to see our grown sons and families, including my 9 grandchildren that are in three different states. Am I sad? DEFINITELY! Do I want this virus to go away? YES. Am I frustrated? YES, but I am going to choose joy.
This is not to say it will be easy, but if I allow my mind and my heart to coincide together I will choose to find JOY in the journey that God has set before me!