We love to get out of the city on weekends. We like to be outdoors. We like to hike and walk and just be with friends. But what happens when it rains? In the winter we go skiing and often it is snowing heavily or blowing? Do you just go home? If you are in a city you can always go to a mall, but what do you do when your are so far away from the city that there are no malls? You can read, you can talk with friends, and if the rain isn't absolutely pouring down you can go for a walk in a forest where the trees will give shelter from light rain (if you've not hiked so high you're above the forest!). We always want things to be convenient, just right for me, but not everything in life is convenient. Sandra and I go out on weekends no matter what the weather. You would not believe the looks you get when you tell people about the weekend when you barbequed outdoors in a hurricane. Or about going for a hike with the snow falling as you walked through the white draped forest. We've learned to enjoy almost anything that we encounter outdoors.
Life isn't always the way we want it to be but we can live in joy no matter what we encounter. When things get tough, when they don’t go as I want them to go or as I have planned, that’s when I am so glad that it is Jesus who brings joy to my life. Always.