Joy in the Unexpected

One of my favorite authors is C.S. Lewis. He wrote a book titled, “Surprised By Joy.” In it he writes, “All Joy reminds. It is never a possession, always a desire for something longer ago or further away or still 'about to be'.” 

Joy can be found in some of the most unexpected and even painful places of our lives. As C.S. Lewis says, joy always reminds us. When I reflect on the many changes in my life over the past couple of years I am overwhelmed by the amount of joy that I have experienced. Although attached with much of that joy is the unwanted memory of our car accident. I continue to live with emotional pain, struggle with anxiety, and sometimes panic. I have difficulty sleeping at night and often get awakened by nightmares. While I wish this memory was not part of my story, it is, and I embrace it because with my pain there is joy. 

Joy is all around us, we may not always see it, but it is there. When we find it, it will bring to mind some past event that has birthed the current joy. The baby Jesus was not what the Israelites were expecting when God promised them a king and a savior. Yet from everything that happened with this small baby so much joy and love was found. 

Where have you been surprised by joy? Can you think of an unexpected place in your life where you discovered joy? Take a moment to meditate upon these questions, and reflect on how the Spirit continues to move around us revealing joy in the most unexpected ways.