Joy Rising…2013

Since today was the last day of this year, I woke with an anticipation. Last January a ‘word’ came to me that defined what 2012 was going to be about. I remember it being so distinct, and I had no doubt that it was the word for the year.

But over the last few days, I’ve been a bit worried that I might not get a clear word for this year. {Why do I still allow doubt to visit?} So this morning I got up to begin reading and praying, however, nothing was really standing out. {Uh-oh.} Finally I set down my e-reader and allowed a statement I had made a few days earlier in a conversation to come back into my head. And since it was just a statement and not really a ‘word’, I hadn’t really examined it any deeper. Besides, it wasn’t like some cool, new, unique word. {So surely it couldn’t be from God, right? ;) I mean, aren’t His mercies new each morning??}

The statement I had made was, ‘I feel like, for this next year, there is this sense of joy rising.’ And what I meant by that was, you know how in movies like Lord of the Rings when the intense battle at the end is beginning to look disastrous and it would seem as though ALL hope is gone…suddenly a glow begins to spread over the sky?

SunriseAnd it doesn’t usually start out as brilliant and amazing either. It almost begins like…an awareness. A soft glow. Like you sense an imperceptible change in the atmosphere. As if somehow the tide has shifted {although you’re not quite sure exactly how it’s happened or where it’s coming from}.

You simply feel it. It’s just a sense.

That is what I meant by…joy rising.

It’s not something I can clearly define. I can’t point to exactly where it’s located. I just know…it’s there now. It’s finally shown up. The ‘good’ guys are here, and somehow things are going to make a turn-around.

Now don’t misunderstand me, the battle still feels like pieces of it are still going on. I can sense things are still being fought and conquered.


The tide has now shifted. The enemy is no longer stomping our tails. The strength and help we so desperately needed {and could not win without}…is rising like a brilliant, blinding, jaw-dropping sight.

Because what we could not do…God can.

Which can only mean one thing.

We made it. We did it. We endured and hung on, despite the {apparent} obviously-bleak ending…and now God is showing up, revealing what He’s been doing all along. Like Gandalf in Lord of the Rings as he comes over the hill riding on a white horse, bringing their much-needed reinforcements.

And He’s just in time. {As always.}

So while I was replaying that conversation in my head, I felt to read something…and promptly burst into tears. {Yeah, it’s been a long year.}

Isaiah 55:12 ‘You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace.’

JOY. I know it’s a familiar word, and it’s used quite often {sometimes even without purpose}. But for me, in this new year…it’s the ‘one’.

It’s rising.
It’s begun.
I can see the beginnings of the glow from here.
It’s almost like the initial feelings of warmth from a newly-started campfire.

And while I am still a bit tattered and torn from the battles of 2012, I’m lifting my face with eyes closed to the rays of this joy-light as it begins to flood my being.

Healing the wounds.
Binding up the broken places.

The Lord is my shepherd. I am never in need. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside peaceful waters. He renews my soul.’ {Psalm 23:1-3}

And as tears ran down my face, I felt…joy rising.

I don’t know what 2013 holds, but one thing I do know is that it will contain joy. And while it may start out slowly, it has finally arrived.

So let the new year begin…

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One Response to Joy Rising…2013

  1. Matthew says:

    This is really lovely I enjoyed your sense of joyous rising and that joy comes.

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