When I see this fountain I am reminded of the chorus I learned so very long ago . . .
"I've got the joy, joy, joy joy, down in my heart,
Down in my heart, down in my heart.
I've got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart.
Down in my heart to stay"
and I remember as a child, how that joy, bubbled up like a fountain and spilled over into every aspect of my life.
I am sad that I have let so many things and people get in the way of the deep joy that was once such an integral part of who I was. It is sad that when we see evil succeeding, it is often easier to chuck it all and walk away, rather than deal with the situation.
After many years of watching my parents and others around me, seeing the struggles (and the joys) of relationships with other people, I always thought it was best - not to cause waves. To walk away instead of being one to cause division and problems.
It seems though, when you walk away - you are the one that suffers the loss. When you are out of sight, you are out of mind. Such a sad commentary on the lives we live. I include myself in that, as I often find myself so busy with little things, that 'people things' aren't a priority. I am glad God makes people a priority.
How I long to be more like Him.
And so I continually wait on Him. Trying to be patient as I wait for direction. I continue to pray that this is just a season of our lives and that we will soon move into a new spring. New growth, blossoms, joy and the fragrance of Jesus once again permeating every aspect of our lives.
Hope you are enjoying this wonderful season of spring, and that there is also a spring season of renewal going on in your heart as well.