I love flying. I love traveling by plane and getting to where I am going. I love looking out the window and seeing a view of the most captivating sight. I love flying through the clouds and watching sunbeams dance across the different layers of the fluffy covering. I am also that one person who enjoys turbulence. It’s strange but I find every aspect of flying is a time where the Lord fills me with increased joy.
Usually when I fly, I focus on finding the sun, or rather the Son, outside my window, but this time, I felt led to focus on the clouds and shadows they produced. So I did just that.
On top of the clouds, the rays of the sun danced across the layers of clouds and jumped from one to the next. Watching this fun spectacle filled me with inexpressible, uncontainable joy. It also made me think about Joy itself.
On the top of the clouds, the warmth of the Son is tangible and the joy rises up from through the clouds. But what about beneath the clouds in the shadowland below?
Where there is shadows, there is usually a dark covering. It is the same in the spiritual realm too. When there is shadows in our hearts, it is hard to be joyful. It is hard to dance when we don’t see the Light like we do when we are enveloped in the sunbeams on top of the clouds.
But that’s what is so amazing about our God. He is our joy complete. When we find ourselves rejoicing as we dance with sunbeams above the clouds, it is because He is filling us with His joy. When we are searching with no success for the sun to shine beneath the clouds’ shadows, He gives us His Joy in knowing that His Light shines inside of us so there is no darkness stronger than Him in us, which means we are filled with His light wherever we go.
Therefore, our joy is not dependent upon seeing the Son or feeling His warmth, but our ability to be joyful when the shadows block our view of His radiant light. Joy is an outlook that shifts our perspective. It is a lifestyle that does not rely on what we face or what shadow we find ourselves shaded by, but relies on an internal knowing that the Light inside of us can never be stolen, no matter how dark the covering over us is.
Joy is a way of seeing life through a heavenly perspective where we can know beyond a shadow of a doubt that God is faithful and He is transforming our darkness into His marvelous light. Joy is the supernatural strength in the midst of the trial. It is the knowledge that God is always greater and no matter how hard the rains fall, He is still with us, bringing us through in victory. Joy is the constant reminder that in Him, we are overcomers and every trial we experience is not going to deplete us but will be a testimony of how God always comes through!
Let that sink in next time you find yourself under the clouds. Being under the clouds does not mean that God can’t reach you. If nothing can separate us from His love, and He is a joyful God, then what storm can be greater than the infilling of the fruit of the joy that He gives us as a weapon of war?
I think the shadowlands remind us, that we are cloud dwellers and to come up higher when the clouds get lower. Sometimes finding joy in the midst of the storm is the only way to get through that trial.
We are meant to focus on the Son but need to learn how to find Him when all we see is darkness over us for even in the darkest hour He is with us.
So whether you find yourself dancing on the clouds illuminated by the Son, or seeking breakthrough from the shadows that threaten to steal your joy, know that the One who fills you with His joy never runs out and will provide you what you need wherever you find yourself. Just ask!
“You will make known to me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.”
“rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer,”
“For you will go out with joy And be led forth with peace; The mountains and the hills will break forth into shouts of joy before you, And all the trees of the field will clap their hands.”
“Those who sow in tears shall reap with joyful shouting.”
“These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.”
“and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory,”
1 Peter 1:8
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,”
“Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials,”
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