The other night I went for a walk and I came upon a pile of leaves that had been blown up onto the sidewalk.  Like a mature adult, I ran through the leaves kicking them and watching the wind blow them in all directions.  They were all quite still until I kicked them and then the wind was able to again catch them and blow them in all directions.  It was like they were all dancing down the road.  They seemed so happy compared to when they were just sitting in a pile.

    We too can get depressed as though we are sitting in a pile.  God wants us to be joyful.  If we allow Him to, He will change our countenance and our demeanour.  He can make us joyful.  Psalms 30:11 says, “Then you turned my lament into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and covered me with joy.” (NET)  God is able to take our sadness and turn it into dancing and take the dirty rags of our lives and cover us with joy so that we will be like those leaves that danced joyfully down the road.  Just ask Him.


Published by Ray Richards