When I wrote my final thesis for graduate school it was titled, “Running Out of Joy!” Running because the joy contained inside requires running; running to recapture any Joy that has leaked out and needs restoring. Today my joy is not about running; it about simply living. Like the orchid that waits for the perfect timing, setting and care to show us with all of its beauty….this is my JOY! Today I have unrestrained joy.
My first real encounters with orchids was in Nicaragua in 2004. I had never seen such gorgeous flowers. A friend, Coach Kathleen, sent me an orchid when I was ordained. It still lives. Other friends have continued to send orchids. They are unrestrained Joy to me. Orchids remind me that when we are able to embrace life “as is” and unleash (with time, setting adn care) what is inside…God has something beautiful to share with the world around us. Here is to unrestrained Joy and all the ways God brings it into our lives. Praying you get a glimpse of yours today.