2014-02-13 - Skating Joy
Psa 59:16 But as for me, I shall sing of Your strength; Yes, I shall joyfully sing of Your lovingkindness in the morning, For You have been my stronghold And a refuge in the day of my distress.
I watched a figure skater perform a a few nights ago at the Olympic Games. Her performance was literally wrapped in the joy she felt for what she was doing. Her skating routine was more than something to be executed for the judges. She will not likely win the gold medal. She may not even win a medal at all. If I recall correctly she will retire after the games conclude.
None of that mattered to her. She poured out her heart for all to see.
Like everyone involved in a competitive sport at this level there were long days of practice, falls and injuries, tedious work on new techniques, interviews with probing questions, physical conditioning and diet and lots of hard work. There have been very early mornings and very late nights. But by her genuine, glowing smile and expressions those looking on might never know it. She had learned her craft so well, and loved it so much she could tell that story to everyone watching her.
What about us?
Do we not also know this kind of joy? Our walk with Christ has everything from simple bumps in the road to very difficult trials - difficult days and nights. What do we have to look forward to when we cross the finish line? Some days it's hard to keep the reward waiting present in our minds. Keeping perspective is not always easy. But of all peoples we who name the name of Jesus Christ as our Savior and as our refuge should know real joy. Some days that will quiet and personal. Other days it should burst out of every pour in our bodies that we are forgiven and beloved in Christ.
We have something to share with our neighbor and the nations. That God loves us all, and has come and died in our place to set us free. He has risen from the dead and has made a way for each of us to share in His victory over sin and death.
Know God. Know joy.
1 Cor 9:25 Everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things. They then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable.
All verses are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) unless otherwise noted.