And in my life, I’ve had a great example of how to live out this joyful Bible verse.
My Granny exemplified the meaning of fullness of joy in so many ways.
She was many things, tough, independent, smart, funny, loving and most of all… full of joy.
No matter what life threw at her, she had joy deep within!
At first glance, it doesn’t look like Granny had a lot to be happy about.
She began cleaning houses at eleven years old to pay the family’s rent. By this time, her father was elderly, and her mother was ill. So, it was up to her to provide for the family.
When she was sixteen, Granny got married and had four kids right away. Life looked like it was shaping up.
But tragedy struck her young family. Granny’s daughter died suddenly at only one-month-old. The same year, she lost her grandmother and her mother. The loss of all three in such a short time was devastating.
Years later, tragedy struck again. Her son was murdered. This loss meant two of her four children were gone before their time. The heartbreak was almost unbearable.
The grieving process was hard for Granny. There were many tears shed and memories shared. And there was, yes, laughter.
Granny wasn’t afraid to cry, but she wasn’t afraid to laugh either.
She reminisced about the good times and talked about the bad without fear. She remembered her loved ones who were gone too soon. And she remained joyful in spite of the hardships in her life.
How is it possible to have fullness of joy when everything is against you?
Granny showed me how to do many things in life. But the one I remember most is the way that she shared her joyful spirit with everyone around her.
Like David, she chose to walk with God through every circumstance, good or bad.
Knowing Jesus and walking hand in hand with Him gave her the confidence to live life fully and with joy.
Because she understood the meaning of in His presence there is fullness of joy.
We may not feel joy at times. But we don’t have to look far to find it, because God has promised us that in His presence there is fullness of joy.
If you feel like joy is something out of reach in your life. Enter God’s presence. Pray and ask Him to help you. He will show you the meaning of… in His presence is fullness of joy!