is it happiness you seek?
Happiness highly desirable
Happy chasings of things outside yourself?
Oh, frivolous pursuit!
Oh, Fleeting Fates!
Oh, Fickle Muses!
Oh, changing time and seasons!
Oh, whims and peculiarities of others.
The perhaps, the unhaps.
to replace the UN.
Happy-chance relies on happenstance.
The right things need to HAPPEN,
for happiness to come.
Aye, to come, yet it so quickly goes.
It often flees and will not stay in permanence
because something else happened
or someone loved,
or did not,
or gave up,
or did not last,
Have you considered Joy?
Joy is different.
It’s beyond definition, although the world tries to define it,
call it an emotion.
The world calls it synonymous with happiness,
But it is far from the same.
Joy is elementally incomprehensible if you don’t have it.
Utterly overwhelming at times,
but not captive of time,
nor whims of others,
nor Fates and Muses,
nor the chase, nor bruises,
save the Great Chase of Christ,
when you slow, and turn,
and let Him catch your tattered strings,
and you let Him in,
and you see, and touch, and savor
and suddenly it is yours,
Oh, Abiding gift!
Is it, then, Joy you might seek?
Joy so independent of what has happened,
Joy in knowing,
in enjoying a walk with Jesus,
joining with Jesus,
rejoicing in Jesus?
exceeding gladness, oh, Heart?
Inside your own walls!
Happiness multiplied X times!
To have happiness and Joy together,
oh, Heart, is a precious gift.
But, take heart,
joy persists even in sadness.
No one can steal your Joy
unless you let it be taken.
There is unhappiness
But there is no unjoy,
Joy wells up from deep inside,
Overflows to the outside,
is a living, life-giving, sustaining thing;
is abundant, noticeable, contagious,
is independent of external forces.
As happiness is precarious,
Joy is precise.
As happiness happens to you,
Joy jumps with you.
“Happiness” is referred to about 30 times in the Bible
while “Joy” occurs about 300 times!
Happiness runs through your fingers the harder you try to hold it.
Joy wells up, overflows cupped hands,
and is unlimited at its source.
Let the Lord remake you to contain
even a small grain of the Joy in His glory.
Happiness comes from what happens, oh, my Heart,
Joy comes from Jesus!
Listen, Oh, Heart!
Happiness flows in and flows away.
No one knows if it might stay.
Joy, oh Heart, ever bubbles from its Source.
Welling up endlessly, any time of day.
But because He lives in you,
Your Joy will never end.
© 4-29-13 Gloryteller L. S.