I wrote this post a few weeks ago, when I was really fighting for joy... Thankfully, the dark cloud has now lifted, but I still wanted to share this post with you, because I know it will ring true for some, and also I, personally, need to be reminded...!
My peach tree – the one I planted three years ago in my new garden in my new house – this year it bloomed and blossomed and hundreds of peaches fell and swelled on the branches and the tree began to fall forward under the weight of the fruit.
I tied it to a nail in the wall.
After a few days, the nail fell out.
But I now notice that the tree is no longer falling forward. The trunk is firm. The support is no longer needed.
Right now, I am being tugged and weighed down and I am stooped over. My roots are too shallow and they gasp for water, shaken and helpless against the wind.
And what is my support? My husband, caring, listening, stopping to ask how I am doing today. Doing really well at showing interest in things he does not care too much about. My community bringing hugs and smiles and prayers and not expecting everything to be perfect.
But the growth is going on at the roots. I can feel them wrestling against the rocks, searching desperately for firm, saturated ground. Unseen refreshment.
I have been promised some Promised Land. But I am struggling having to fight to get there.
Remembering that the Promised Land wasn’t entered into without a fight.
But also that that fight was more about faith than it was about weapons.
So I fight forward. Remember the things I have learned along the way – that the fight for joy starts step by step with thankfulness. Thankfulness spoken out. Spoken thankfulness is the hardest right now. I feel fuzzy and overcome and like hell is doing everything to stick my lips together.
The fight for joy is ushered in by my music, and worship and declaration of who You are. First listening, praying, leaning on You; crying out for You inside and hoping so much that I will be able to speak it out loud.
Jesus never promised a calm lake. Wasn’t it into the wind and waves that Peter stepped into Jesus’ path? Isn’t He calling me too to step into the storm – in faith – and keep my eyes fixed on Him?
Why am I so scared of drowning, if I know He will pick me up?
And although I'm scared, I know that the supernatural happens so often when the choice is life or death and I choose life. And You prefer that I try and begin to sink than not get out of the boat at all.
I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart;
I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.