Rejoice

Today’s post isn’t about arthritis or pain per say. It is more about a state of mind.

Psalm 118:24
This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.

Over the last few days this scripture keeps playing in my mind.

On last Saturday morning I met some of my accountability partners for a walk. The weather here in NC was pleasant most of the winter. Actually, we really haven’t had a winter. Recently the temperature reaches 70 degrees most days. However as fate would have it, it was cold Saturday morning. It was very cold to us thin blooded southerners. But the sky was beautiful. It was clear and that brilliant blue you only get in NC (I might be a little impartial. I love NC).

When I stepped out of my car something rose up in me. It wasn’t my usual joy but something deeper, something stronger. Something on the inside moved. The cold didn’t affect me or the other walkers. We started the walk in prayer. I looked towards the sky as we walked and prayed and walked and prayed. The spirit of God was on us. My spirit rejoiced as we walked in prayer. I was glad for this day. I was glad to be alive. I was glad to be in nature. I was glad to be outside walking regardless of the temperature. I was glad to share this time with friends and accountability partners.

Rejoice means to feel great joy or delight, to be glad.

Most of us plan our day and many of plan our life. As a chronic pain suffer whether the pain comes from arthritis or other chronic illness such as MS, lupus or cancer, it is nearly impossible to make concrete plans because your life is on a roller coaster. From one day to the next day, you never know what to expect. You make plans but they get cancelled when you are in too much pain to engage in activities or simply don’t feel well. It is hard sometimes but even in these moments we must rejoice.

Essentially this scripture tells us to find great joy and delight in God and in life no matter what. Everyone experiences different seasons in life. This scripture tells us to find joy and peace in each and every day because this day was created for you. God already knows what this day holds for you and walks with you throughout it. Yesterday is gone and tomorrow is not promised but in this moment in this day you are alive. That alone is enough reason to be glad.

Learning to rejoice in life when I was at the height of my pain was difficult. I learned how to do it by appreciating every day. I realized that no matter how seemingly bad the day was, it could always be worse. Many days I was in so much pain that I could barely walk, but I could still walk. I thought about people who are wheelchair bound and wish they could take one step. How could I complain about walking regardless of the pain involved? I was thankful for every step I took.

Life hits us with unexpected and sometimes tragic events. Just remember that

1. It could be worse.
2. Life happens ‘for’ you and not ‘to’ you. You have to look for the lesson that will strengthen you.
3. God is always present and on your side even when you don’t see it.

Learn to rejoice and be glad in every season of your life.

“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present.”
― Bil Keane

Live Joyfully
Kimberly

Kimberly is a life coach and author who specializes in working with people with chronic pain or chronic illness.
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