December 12, 2014

Jimmy, Jar & Joy...what do they all have in common?

Me, or more accurately my life the last 2 days. Mostly figuratively of let me explain.

This week, I feel like someone has forced open my life (JIMMY-a verb) & used it for their own personal gain, while making tons of work for me to clean up after them.
(No, this person is NOT someone I know...No, I don't wish to share details...)
This left me feeling extremely jarred right to my core.
      to have a harshly unpleasant or perturbing effect on one's nerves, feelings, thoughts, etc.

THAT ^ is exactly how I have felt for most of the last 2 days. Perturbing effect is an interesting phrase that really applies well to my thoughts & feelings.
    (verb) to disturb or disquiet greatly in mind

To say that my thoughts & feelings the last 2 days have been disturbed or disquieted is quite accurate. Now you are probably asking...Gracious, how in the world can joy be related to feeling like your life has been jimmied & our mind jarred. They seem like diametrically opposed worlds...

Joy (noun)
1. the emotion of great delight or happiness caused by something exceptionally good or satisfying; keen pleasure; elation:
2. a source or cause of keen pleasure or delight; something or someone greatly valued or appreciated:
3. the expression or display of glad feeling; festive gaiety.
4. a state of happiness or felicity.

Joy comes in the midst of jimmied lives & jarring minds, when one chooses to look at all the good things happening around the midst of the angst & frustration & overwhelmingness of said circumstance. For me the last two days, that meant seeing God wink at me personally in the midst of this unpleasantness. It would have been very easy for me to just allow those jimmying moments & jarring thoughts to pervade my entire being. Instead, I kept looking for how God was working in spite of the circumstances...and they are quite unpleasant & not overly timely in their "visit." (Oh "God winks"...I really need to post about that one day too...because they are really cool things! At least in my book anyway & they require action on our part too. But that's a different post...back to jimmying, jarring & joy!)

God directs our thoughts & our actions...He places kind hearts right where we need them. And checks in our spirits, if we would but instead of being pulled into the abyss that oftentimes can be the result of jimmying & jarring in our lives...I choose today to stand firmly on the things that bring me joy...the people God placed in my path, the thoughts He directed, the checks He placed and I will allow the "emotion of great delight and keen pleasure" to overtake those jimmied & jarred inner places.
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Lisa Betz said...

A great reminder that our joy is not based on our circumstances. May he fill you with joy even as you walk through the valley.

shelly k said...

Glad my joy isn't reliant on circumstance...but boy, circumstance sometimes makes a whole lotta work to find the joy.

Kathleen Rouser said...

So true! In the midst of difficult circumstances,
when I feel surrounded, I have asked the Lord to
open my eyes to His working. He is faithful and
gives hope where there seems to be none!

Karla Akins said...

One of my friends taught me to say each morning, even when I don't feel like it: "I'm going to have a happy day and convey joy to other people." It has helped me keep joyful in the hardest of circumstances. Great post!