You will go out in joy
and be led forth in peace;
the mountains and hills
will burst into song before you,
and all the trees of the field
will clap their hands.
Instead of the thornbush will grow the juniper,
and instead of briers the myrtle will grow.
This will be for the Lord’s renown,
for an everlasting sign,
that will endure forever. -Isaiah 55:12-13
Peace and joy are two things that make the soul full. I'm tempted to look for peace in relationships absent of conflict or quiet moments in nature. I think of joy that comes because things happen how I hope they will. But you promise a peace and joy that starts inside and works their way out. You promise that it will feel like nature itself is rejoicing with me. When I deeply rooted in your Son I sense the peace and joy. Help me find them today in Jesus and his love. Make me strong to be joyful in the face of every difficulty. Amen
Peace and joy adorn hearts that stare at Christ with understanding.