Finding Joy in God
A few weeks ago my husband Charlie and I had the privilege of traveling to Havana, Cuba to minister to pastors and churches there. Of course what we thought was an opportunity for us to be a blessing ended up blessing us even more. To see a people who have nothing compared to us living a life so full of joy was absolutely humbling. A typical Cuban makes $18- $20 a month. A pair of shoes costs over $20. Often families have to choose between eating or buying shoes for a child. Imagine, in these circumstances, it would be so easy for them to be bitter or discouraged. Instead we found a people who have such hope in God and his providence that they radiate joy.
So many times it’s easy in the United States to take for granted all that we have. How many times do I find myself complaining about mountains of laundry? Or frustrated because I can’t find the perfect pair of shoes to wear out of the dozens that I own? Or how about a few weeks ago when my whole day was ruined because I left the house without my iPhone!! Seriously? What about my sisters in Cuba? Oh Lord, forgive me. Help me to not allow my joy to be dependent on material things.
“Even if the fig tree does not bloom and the vines have no grapes, even if the olive tree fails to produce and the fields yield no food, even if the sheep pen is empty and the stalls have no cattle— even then, I will be happy with the Lord. I will truly find joy in God, who saves me.”(Habakkuk 3:17, 18 GW)
Jill Whitlow is married to Charlie, who pastors an incredible church in Ashburn, VA called The Community Church. She loves chasing around their 4 kids and in her spare time she loves to jog, Starbucks Chai Tea Lattes and going to the movies (just to eat the popcorn)!