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Topic: Joy (05/18/06)
TITLE: Angel of Joy
By Aleshia Howell
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Casting all your care upon Him; for he careth for you
2 Peter 5:7 KJV
While waiting for service to began Jannie sat on the bench outside the church so engrossed in her sadness that she failed to hear and old woman as she hobbled her way up the walkway to sit next to her.
The old woman cleared her throat and startled Jannie looked at the old woman and managed a faint smile as the woman asked “mind if I sit here beside you child”
“Oh no maam, please sit” Jannie said as she moved over to give the old woman more space. Noticing the old woman watching her intently Jannie asked “is there something wrong?”
Looking into Jannie’s sad eyes the old woman replied, “Oh honey, I was about to ask you the same question. I can see by the look in your eyes that you are troubled about something. It’s such a beautiful day; it’s the day that the Lord has made child…surely that should be enough to cause you to smile.”
To overwhelmed to speak Jannie looked at the old woman and all she could do was cry as the old woman placed her old hands over Jannies hands. The old woman began to speak. “You don’t have to say anything child, It doesn’t matter what it is you are going through. What does matter is that you understand that, our Heavenly Father has it all under control. No matter how hard it all seems, no matter how many tears fall, all is well.”
Looking up at the old woman Jannie whispered, “But you have no idea what I’ve been through.”
With a smile on her face the old woman replied, “would you mind listening to the ramblings of an old woman for a few minutes?” With a smile Jannie nodded.
The old woman began to speak, “I may not know you’re troubles but I do know I’ve been through many hurts. Through it all I learned to lean on God. I learned that when I learned to give it all to Him and allowed Him to carry my burdens I could smile even when hurting. After I cried my tears I would began to sing the praises of God. I would tell Him how much I loved Him. It was then that I would start to feel happy; it was then that I found my joy. He tells us in His word to cast all our cares on Him.”
“I thank you so much for sharing with me and encouraging me” Jannie said as she gave the old woman a hug. “Sometimes it’s hard to find joy when we’re going through.”
With excitement the old woman said, “That’s it, we have to trust Him and take our eyes off of our situation. You have to see yourself as an over comer and realize that you already have the victory. When you do, that’s when that unspeakable joy will bubble up inside you. That’s when you can laugh through your problems. Even when it seems hopeless you can rise up and declare in Jesus name that: you still have joy!”
As people began to arrive and go into the sanctuary Jannie stood up taking the old woman by the hand. They stood up facing one another as Jannie thanked her once again. She reached over to pick up her purse and offer to help the old woman into the church only to find she was gone.
After service that day Jannie asked many of the members about this woman but no one seemed to have seen her or knew anything about her.
A few days later she realized that she had been sent an angel of joy. She no longer walked with her head hung down and no longer did she feel defeat, all she felt joy. That unspeakable joy that the old woman talked about. Her angel of joy.
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