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  • Writer's pictureJoni

Day 8: Joyful Always


There she was

sitting on the same boardwalk,

where I met her for the first time years ago.

She wasn't doing well,

as she hasn't been for awhile.

She had a setback,

that left her in despair

at the end of her rope

to a point that she didn't want to

be alive anymore.

And then it happened

GOD showed up in a way that she didn't expect.

She found it,

when she returned home,

when she wasn't even looking for it.

A picture I had given her

years ago & there "HE" was,

JESUS holding the hand of a little girl.

A peace washed over her

the moment she read the inscription

"I will never leave you" (Hebrews 13:5).

GOD showed up in a way that she didn't even expect

as she wasn't even looking.

BUT GOD

at that moment saved her life.

Is this picture a sacred shrine?

Oh no!

BUT the image & the truth of who

JESUS IS

overwhelmed her and changed everything.

Oh when GOD shows up

in the littlest things

at the exact right time~

as HE always shows up

even if we don't see, hear or feel

HIM

because

HIS LOVE

for each & every one of

HIS CREATIONS~

which you & I are~

is so much greater than our deepest sorrows.

So remember when life hits you for the worse,

GOD sent HIS SON

who has experienced the worse

as HE screamed

“MY GOD, MY GOD why have YOU forsaken ME?” (Matthew 27:46)

just so HE will walk with us through

every storm

and make the walk bearable

as we

"Fix our eyes on JESUS..." (Hebrews 12:2)

the ONE who promises

"I will never leave you or forsake you" (Hebrews 13:5).

And all we have to do

is take the hand of the

ONE who finds us

right where we are

and changes everything

because

"THERE WAS JESUS"

(listen to the song below)

(*art above by Phyllis Harris)

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