I think when it comes right down to it, happiness flows from God’s graces. When we walk with Him and listen to His loving, guiding voice, we stay close to Him. When we do that, we then endure whatever trials we have through His strength. When we do that, we are no longer overpowered, rather we are shielded and protected.
That is when my true happiness grows. That is how I remain optimistic, of course. Because I know that “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”. So this weekend as I walk beside my imaginary ocean, I walk beside Him. In my mind I came in on the boat at dawn with Peter and the others; our nets full of fish. On the beach Jesus awaited us and had breakfast prepared. I sat upon the sand with my plate full of breakfast and watched those wondrous waves hit the shore. I dug my feet around in the glorious sand. I heard the seagulls laugh as they dove for fish.
In reality, I awakened in my desert home. There was no true ocean in sight. Yet I felt refreshed. I awoke with a praising spirit hidden in my heart. After I walked for a half hour and ate my breakfast of a gigantic bowl of mixed greens, a small bowl of Cheerios, a few slices of bacon, and a bunch of melon…..I am energized. My heart has been renewed by the ocean in my heart that is full of His grace. The path we can walk to where He awaits is as straight as can be; it leads us directly to His heart, doesn’t it?