"We cannot delight and despair at the same time. So we must do all we can to make delight part of our very fiber, notice it, document it, memorize it, and tell others about it. Delight in something right now and take a temporary reprieve from despair." (Rachel Macy Stafford)
This quote was followed by a reflection from an author I appreciate. She shared it recently and it has continued to be repeated in my mind since. There are many times during recent days or in earlier seasons of this year when we can feel despair. 2020 has not been the year any of us planned for or predicted. In the midst of the heavy things we are processing that may cause despair, I was grateful to hear these words from Rachel to turn my eyes towards the God sightings and blessings in each day, month or season and to not just notice, but delight in them.
"Keep company with God, get in on the best. Open up before God, keep nothing back; he'll do whatever needs to be done: He'll validate your life in the light of day and stamp you with approval at high noon." Psalm 37:4-6 The Message
You may be familiar with the translation of this passage starting with "delight yourself in the Lord..."
I want to invite you to name those things in your day that bring you delight. Share them with God and another person. You may also find that writing them down on good or challenging days is particularly meaningful and helps to ground you in God's truth and presence in your life.
We are living through a season where lots of voices are trying to ignite anger, division, hurt and despair. I would invite you as the church to find delight and joy around you and share it.
Where did you find delight today?