August 12, 2011

Bigger Picture Moment: Joy in the Repetitive

The familiar notes of a jazz flute float thru the speakers…as the next track on the CD begins to play. I look in the rearview mirror to see Joycie’s tiny face split into a grin that I swear spans ear to ear.

As the beat picks up, she begins to clap her hands and kick her feet into the air. I have come to learn this is how she dances – or at least how she dances while strapped into her car seat.

I chuckle softly at the excitement that she shows. We have listened to this track five times this morning, and each time she acts so surprised to hear it, and then reacts with such joy.

While she dances, and the singer sings of God’s glories……I wonder why I can not find such joy in the repetitive things of my life. Lately, life has been a cycle of work, working out, worship, and not much else. I find myself growing discontent, restless, – dare I say bored by the routine.

“Lord, I would love to find joy again.” I think as I drive.

“Then choose to embrace it.”

As God’s child, I can never lose my joy – as all of my hope rests in Christ. However, I can choose whether or not to live out my joy. So as I dropped Joycie at daycare, and pulled into my usually parking spot at the office, I made a choice to embrace the joy.

It was another day at work…..but I joyfully danced my way thru.


Jennifer said...

I am reading One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp right now and I think you would really enjoy it. It is a book about how we need to find God is everything we do and find the blessings that He has already given us rather than always wanting something else.

Melissa said...

Oh I get this! It's a sock right to the heart gut this week. I feel like all day long I run a hamster wheel of pick up dirty clothes, change our dishes, clean pick, feed, repeat...yes, joy will not find me I must find it!