AFTER TWO DECADES of working for the same company, my husband gave up the security of a regular paycheck to start his own business. Reassured by his work ethic and passion, I supported his decision and felt a rush of enthusiasm about this new adventure—until that first Friday without a paycheck and the two months of Fridays that followed. Too quickly I went from a woman ready to tackle an adventure to a woman ready to crack under the weight of worry. What if we had to take out a second mortgage on our home? What if we ran out of food?
I’d long believed my joy came from my relationship with God—nothing more, nothing less. When our temporary financial drought sapped my enthusiasm and parched my spirit, I realized my joy had been secure only as long as my circumstances remained controlled and manageable….
Joy predicated on worldly belongsings can change in a moment with an unexpected phone call, a bill in the mail, or a doctor’s appointment. Confidence in God’s presence and love weathers any circumstance, standing true through this lifetime and into eternity.
The Upper Room Disciplines 2012
“From “Life-changing Joy,” devotions for April 16–22, 2012, by Michelle Cushatt, in The Upper Room Disciplines 2012: A Book of Daily Devotions. Copyright © 2011 by Upper Room Books. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books.
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Acts 9:18, NRSV
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