Is This Happiness?

Tonight, as I was walking back to my dorm after meeting an incredible friend for dinner, I was struck by a feeling that I had not felt in n extremely long time.

This feeling was of clear, indisputable happiness.

It has been such a long time since this has happened to me that I had to just take a moment to look at the sky, smile, and shout to God about how thankful I was. There was nobody around to hear me, thankfully, but I might have still shouted anyway. How amazing is our God? I cannot contain the happiness that I feel right now.

But wait.

Is happiness the correct word?

A lot of people will argue with me on this, but I don’t believe that the feeling I have right now is exactly happiness. Sure, I was very happy to have been able to spend time with my friend and share our hearts with each other. But it went so much deeper than that. I would be feeling this way no matter what my circumstances are at this very moment in time, whether good or bad. Because I don’t believe that happiness is the only factor here. My happiness level has skyrocketed over the past few months due to healthy conversation, personal discipline, and a little bit of help from a medication. But these things are not what make me feel what I feel right now.

What I feel at this very moment is joy.

Joy cannot come from the friends that I have. Joy cannot come from me simply not letting myself give into my temptations. It cannot only come from a medication given to me by any human being. This joy that I feel, the very same one that completely overwhelms me and rocks me to my core, can only come from a right relationship with Christ and a peace that I am living to glorify Him. I have been running from God for a very long time. Over the past couple of months I have slowly started to live the way I know that I am called to and begun the process of once again becoming close to my Savior. I think I may have finally gotten to a point where I can say that I feel closer to God than I have in years. On my way back to my dorm I had a conversation with God that lasted around a half of an hour, which is probably more than every prayer I’ve had in the past six months combined. It felt so wonderful to talk to my Healer. I was real, and I was honest. I held nothing back. I made him promises and I asked him for the strength to follow through. I prayed for other people for the first time that I can even remember. I prayed expectantly. I prayed with absolute certainty that whatever I asked for would be given to me, as long as it is in what His will is for me life.

I feel happy. This I cannot deny. I feel happy with my friends, family, and teachers. I am happy about where I am in life and where I am going. But what I am grateful for, much more than my happiness, is the joy I feel from simply knowing my Creator and living for Him.

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  1. I am so very happy for you and joyous that God has given to you what he intends to be blessings in your life. I am a mother of a 19 year old college student, Sarah. She meet you one time on a trip to a youth camp. She was in a band from Adel at that time. She is the one who lead me to your blog. I myself have been through mental illness. Still battle with anxiety at times but with God as you I am overcoming it. I have been praying for you. You are such an amazing young Christian lady with a deep connection with Christ. Keep your thoughts buried in God’s word to keep you strong. Again I am praying for you. I read something this morning that reminded me of you on Holley Gerth’s blog entitled “When You Want To Give Up”. One of my favorite scriptures is Phillipians 4:13. One of my favorite Bible passages is Psalms 23. I know God has great things in store for you.

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