Over Easy: Comfort and Joy

trumpet“O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy!”

I woke up with these words in my heart. Isn’t this what everyone wants? Good news? To know that everything will be alright, and to, as we say, have happiness?

What God offers is so much deeper and richer.

Comfort, peace, freedom from every fear, and confidence that He is good and does all things well, even (especially) when we do not understand. This comes from “the mighty God” for whom nothing is too hard, the one who is the “Wonderful Counselor” and sees the end from the beginning because He is Alpha and Omega.

Joy  is constant…not erratic and dependent upon circumstances, as is being “happy”. This has its foundation in the One who is the “Everlasting Father” and sees not only the brief span of our mortal existence, but the entire scope of eternity, complete with all His plans and purposes. The “Prince of Peace,” with whom there is “no variableness, neither shadow of turning” has told us that He came that we “might have life, and …might have it more abundantly.” In His presence is “fulness of joy” and “pleasures for evermore”! That is abundance!

Some time ago our son was learning about themes in great pieces of music. We listened to masterpieces like the 1812 Overture, Swan Lake, and Hungarian Rhapsody. He noticed how the great composers would have a central, familiar melody which was revisited throughout an overture.

Joy is that underlying momentum, the beautiful, compelling, blessedly familiar theme which is revisited throughout the masterpiece God is making of our lives. Chords may swell, tempo may change, notes may even become dissonant; but we know the sweet, melodious strain of grace is in the background of it all.

The crescendo is coming.

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