Hi everyone. Rob here.
My daughter (8) has taken to impersonating her Mum’s dancing. It is hilarious to watch. My son (10) went off on a passionate spiel the other day about a lesson he had learned at school. It was a joy to listen to him be so articulate and determined to make his point. A puppy followed us home and we’ve started an adoption process. She gives unconditional love to us and we delight in her as she does well in her new situation. This is life. Alongside and within the tragedies and disappointments is laughter, joy and delight. The practice of delight means that we learn to see life through the playful eyes of Jesus and give permission for our hearts to be light and free.
This practice requires our intentional cooperation. It needs us to continually hand over our burdens, the weight we carry, to Jesus. We then take on his burden, his yoke, which is easy and light (Matthew 11:28-30). This process can easily get confused with ‘sweeping things under the carpet’ or pretending that hard things don’t happen to those who ‘live in the joy of the Lord.’ But that’s something that Jesus never does. He confronted life on life’s terms and asks us to do the same. In facing hard reality though, he asks us to remember that he is the resurrection and the life. He is the one who makes the lame to walk and the blind to see. He is the one who opens the eyes of our heart. He presents to us another reality: the reality of the kingdom of God.
This is the reality where all is redeemed, where evil is conquered and love wins. Jesus asks us to locate ourselves in that reality right here and right now. This is the place where we bring our suffering, our burdens, our fears, our disappointments and our wounds. The power of the cross and the empty tomb reside here. Hope beyond hope resides here. Love that heals our hearts resides here. It is our true home. In this place we are delighted in and we can delight in all of God’s good gifts.
The practice of delight is an intentional decision to look at my life and see the kingdom of God present there. It is a rescue to me right now. I have been irritable and unsettled. It’s mostly physical as a niggly back prevents good sleep but it can easily become so much more if I don’t intentionally open my heart up to God right now. I’m grateful that my eyes were open enough to see joy. As a follower of Jesus I want to bear his yoke, see with his eyes, delight in what he delights in and dance to his rhythm in God’s kingdom. I trust that you do too. may your the eyes of your heart be opened this week.
Grace and peace