2017-11-22 - Unspeakable Joy
Over the past several months, since adopting our pup, I have tried to find ways for her to get the proper amount of exercise she needs without causing any more trouble with my recent knee issue. On rainy days, I figured out a place downstairs to toss a tennis balls and do some other games with them as well. We also adjusted our four-foot fence in the back yard with a framed lattice extension to bring it to six feet in height around a nice play area. In that space, my husband tosses some ball with her or plays tug of war on occasion. I have found that she really enjoys playing with a soccer ball, and I will soon get one she cannot puncture about fifteen seconds after play begins. I think a street ball version I saw online will be a Christmas gift for her. In the meantime, I found a Frisbee at the store, made in a ring-type form with the middle open and easy to grasp it. After some initial practices that she seemed a bit confused there was a day a few weeks ago it just clicked. After she was on a roll catching it I suddenly saw what can only be described as unspeakable joy exuding from her as we played. It was as if a switch turned on and this other side of an easily-contented dog went to amazing heights. I found it intoxicating, seeing her bounding around after she would catch it, turn, and spring back toward me as if she couldn’t wait to do it all again. She would even occasionally do a quick bark, and she is not one to do much barking. (It can startle you when you’ve gotten used to her being relatively quiet, especially compared to our other more regularly vocal dogs in the past.) She doesn’t like to quit the Frisbee toss, and it’s different than when she plays ball with either of us. Rather than just seeming like she wants to keep going to please us, which is not uncommon, there’s that unutterable bliss coursing through her veins - and it’s obvious in her jubilant body language and the occasional escaping yip. Her delight becomes contagious, and isn’t that an amazing gift to see and experience alongside of her?
God wants our hearts to be just as full of “joy unspeakable” when we think about his promises as his children. He wants us to be so full of vim and vigor that we cannot get enough of spending time with him, and in turn, making people around us wonder why we are so purposeful and exuberant in how we live our lives. His love for us becomes contagious, as well. Lord, use me to share your unspeakable joy with others every day. And thank you for sharing yours with me in unexpected ways all the time.
“That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.” (1 Peter 1:7-9)
All verses are from the King James Version (KJV) unless otherwise noted.