When I was in high school I was very athletic. I loved to run and be very active. As an adult, I have had a few health problems over the last few years that have at times kept me from being in great shape. For the first time in years, I am starting to feel healthy again. This Saturday, I am very excited to run my very first 5K.
One morning last week I was running around my neighborhood In preparation for it. It was a beautiful day. I was pushing my huge double stroller that day, but Selah was my only passenger. I pushed it through the neighborhood that I love so much, and waved at neighbors that I have started getting to know.
As I ran through the neighborhood, I rejoiced inside. Life is good right now. Things with our new church are going well so far. Our kids have adjusted from the move. I am feeling the best I have in years. Tim is thriving and loving his new role.
It is easy for me to rejoice right now. Life is going really great.
When we first moved to Huntsville, I have memories of walking with that same double stroller, but in a different neighborhood. My mother-in-laws neighborhood. (If you haven’t read the stories, you should). Life was not amazing at that time. I was extremely overwhelmed and scared. Our three-year-old did not adjust well after our move.
Life was very hard.
Same stroller. Same year. Different neighborhoods. Different circumstances. I rejoiced both times. Not because things were going well both times. I rejoiced because of what God has already done for me. Sometimes that all you can rejoice for.
God does not owe us anything else. He has already given us the greatest gift we will ever be offered. He showed his loved for us by gifting us with salvation through his son, Jesus. Whether we choose to receive this salvation is up to us.
God’s story that we have been looking at the past few weeks has been a story of love for his people. God made a way for his son to be born from a royal family and a family line who loved him.
Jesus was born for the purpose of dying for our sins. He sacrificed himself for us. He took our place.
Even when life is hard, I can’t believe what God has done. And I rejoice.
From now until Christmas, we will be going into a lot of detail about Jesus’s birth, who all played a part in his birth, and why his birth is still so special for all of us.
Is it easy or hard for you to rejoice in all circumstances?