Whenever I’ve had to stand up front at church, all eyes might be watching me, but the majority are not smiling. I don’t take this personally. Pastors have told me that this is the norm. The people of God often look like they had sour grapes for breakfast.
As I think about my own face and the times that I look like I just lost my best friend, I know one simple reason for that glum countenance. It happens when I get thinking about the trials of life and the negatives in this world.
Gloomy does not have to be a normal face. All I need to do is think about the grace and power of God and about Jesus Christ. Joy comes even when I see and think about signs of God at work.
When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. (Matthew 2:10)
The Magi saw the star, the sign that the King had been born. I’m certain that their joy put smiles on their faces, even laughter in their hearts. They anticipated seeing the Christ child and were glad.
Today we are traveling to the Blue Ridge Mountains. I’m not sure what else I will see of God, but I will see His handiwork in the landscape. Already I am smiling.
Seeing God doesn’t take much and I’ve heard said that smiling takes fewer muscles than frowning. Whatever else the day brings, God invites me to look for Him and rejoice with great joy!