Fear not, Earth! Be glad and celebrate! God has done great things. Joel 2:21 (MSG)
I was taken aback at my first reading of the second chapter of Joel. After twenty verses of proclaiming pestilence, doom, destruction and judgment, Joel writes "Fear not! Be glad! Celebrate!" It sounds so silly. It's illogical to be fearless and celebrate in such terrible times. And yet, that's exactly what God tells me to do. "Don't look at the circumstances around you," God says, "Look at me. Depend on me. Trust in me. I've got great things in store for you that you just can't see at the moment."
It's a good message in current times when each day seems to bring more negative news. Doomsday and depression are being doled out in massive doses. It's overwhelming, and can easily lead us to slip into all sorts of fears and apprehensions. I've got all sorts of reasons to be glad. I've got many blessings to celebrate. I've got a host of memories reminding me when God has been faithful and provided for my needs. I've got every reason to smile as I head out today.