Photo and Commentary ©2022 by Darren Milam
Wednesday, May 11, 2022

For those of us in the Pacific Northwest, we are blessed with the opportunity to see a lot of tulips this time of year. The image above is an example of those views we get. As you can see, the colors, the contrast and water droplets make it a pretty pleasing sight. When I come across scenes like this, I am reminded of the incredible artistry in Creation, and the amazing skill of the Artist.

One of the Fruits of the Spirit is Joy, and I am encouraging myself (and you) to find the Joy that surrounds us. How easy is it to find the opposite, when we live in a sinful and awful world? Unfortunately, it’s true, this world is filled with so much negativity, hatred, corruption and is downright hideous. What about looking for and concentrating on the beautiful things around you, the things that can bring you joy? It doesn’t make the other stuff go away, but it does allow us to have a different perspective on your day, week and the rest of your life.

Taking it a step further, looking beyond the tangible items that bring us joy, we can read in Romans where Paul gave instructions we can live by. In Chapter 12, verses 9-13:

Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.

Not only can we keep our eyes open for things we can find joy in, but as these verses mention – “cling to what is good….Be joyful in hope.” If we took the time to do these things, or continue to do these things – we all would be in a much better place. May God give you the power to find joy and pass it along to others.