Joy in Christ

Discussion in 'Spirituality/Worship' started by Takesha, Aug 24, 2003.

  1. Takesha

    Takesha New Member

    A certain king instructed his gardener to plant six trees and place statues beneath them representing prosperity, beauty, victory, strength, duty, and joy. These trees were to show to the world that the king had tried to make his reign fruitful. They were also to typify the statues beneath them. The gardener planted six palm trees. When the king came out to inspect the work and looked at the statue of joy, he said, "I surely thought you would typify joy with some flowering tree like the tulip or magnolia. How can the stately palm symbolize joy?" "Those flowering trees," said the gardener, "get their nourishment from open sources. They live in pleasant forests or orchards with hosts of other like trees. But I found this palm tree in a sandy waste. Its roots had found some hidden spring creeping along far beneath the burning surface. Then, thought I, highest joy has a foundation unseen of men and a source they cannot comprehend." Do you realize that if the light of Jesus Christ is within your heart it can be the only place in which joy is found, and yet it will be sufficient. You do not need the company of others in order to experience the joy that the light of Christ brings. A palm tree does not need the company of other trees to flourish and bring forth fruit.

    I am thinking this morning about all of you who are alone, and those who feel alone. So many times we let depression and lonliness set in because we can no longer do what we used to do,and as a result have lost friends and family. Certianly life has given us a reason for discouragement. However, we are not alone and there is no need for discouragement, and if you focus on our Lord and Savior, his joy is available to us all. Look within and you will find it.
    Hugs to you all,
  2. TiffanyL

    TiffanyL New Member

    Thank you for those wonderful words of encouragement. It's so nice to know that we have Christ. Many times when I am down I sing the song and remember the verse that says that the joy of the Lord is my strength. That is so true. Where would we be without the joy of the Lord?
    In Christ,
  3. Takesha

    Takesha New Member

    absolutely, and totally miserable, I am afraid. There is nothing outside of the Lord that provides true and unending joy. And nothing that gets me out of the "gloom and doom" mode like the Joy of the Lord. I have had times in my life that I refused to let that joy rise up in me, mainly because you can't throw a decent pity party when joy shows up and I rather enjoyed the pity of others. However, the Joy was always there, and I would rather accept it, than have a pity party any day, now. Praise God that he can remove my "stinkin thinkin"!