These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.
John 15:11Have you ever noticed the underlying theme of joy in the Bible? I mean, yes, there is lots about joy that you probably remember from Sunday school, but joy pops up in such unexpected places. For example, take Colossians 1:11:
"May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy,...."
What does this have to do with a photo of a cat? Seeing that silly girl in her favorite pose with crossed legs on an old abandoned office chair (that is one of our main living room chairs right now) brought me great joy. Just a little sunshine - a cat that chooses to be happy in an uncomfortable position. She is not waiting for us to buy her a soft warm blanket. She is not wondering where her next meal is coming from. She is not complaining about the cold concrete floors. She is in the now, happy with what she has, wedged into that chair between the cushion and the hard place. She is not making a list of problems, or solutions, or things to do. And she is not just sitting there. She is purring with joy.