The last few weeks have been a time of looking back and thinking about how fast time passes. My oldest grandson graduated from high school, and as the saying goes, “it seems like only yesterday . . . .” Alex was supposed to be a girl, according to the sonograms back then, and so his life began with a surprise!
In the memories, my thoughts went to the idea of “happy” and how transient that emotion can be because it is dependent on circumstances. When I think back over my life, I am not sure I have ever felt “happy” for long periods of time. The cares and losses of life can crowd out “happy” because it is based on feelings.
Although happy moments are often brief and a vapor, there is a deep and lasting joy that I have known in the decades since my salvation. Joy in faith, hope, and a glorious future all based on the truth of God’s word. Joy is deep, lasting, and unshakeable—unlike the feeling known as happy. Martin Luther said it well:
Feelings come and feelings go,
And feelings are deceiving;
My warrant is the word of God--
Naught else is worth believing.
As I considered all of this: my emotions through the years, the losses, the blessings, the hope, I realized something that gave me great comfort. You don’t have to be “happy” to be content. Content in my portion from the Lord, content that my boundaries have fallen in pleasant places, content that I have hope, and content that my citizenship is in heaven. (Ps. 73:26; Ps. 16:5-6; Ps. 62:5, Phil. 3:20)
Yes, I can be content and that is great gain. (1 Tim. 6:6).
Pam Cornell is married to David and has three adult children and four grandchildren. She enjoys Bible study, reading, crafts, and family time.
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