Can you think of a time in your past where you have missed the opportunity to be joyful? I know that we all have some time where we could have been more in the moment than we were and missed out on the amazing feeling of joy that God gives us.
During the reading of Genesis 29 for Good Morning Girls studies, I noticed that Leah missed out on so much joy and my heart felt pity for her.
Genesis 29:31-35 NIV
31 When the Lord saw that Leah was not loved, he enabled her to conceive, but Rachel remained childless. 32 Leah became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She named him Reuben,[a] for she said, “It is because the Lord has seen my misery. Surely my husband will love me now.”
33 She conceived again, and when she gave birth to a son she said, “Because the Lord heard that I am not loved, he gave me this one too.” So she named him Simeon.[b]
34 Again she conceived, and when she gave birth to a son she said, “Now at last my husband will become attached to me, because I have borne him three sons.” So he was named Levi.[c]
35 She conceived again, and when she gave birth to a son she said, “This time I will praise the Lord.” So she named him Judah.[d] Then she stopped having children.
Pity that her father had to trick Jacob to marry her.
Pity that she was not loved by Jacob and her sister was.
Pity that she was wanting sons in hopes that it would grow love, for her, within her husband.
Pity that she didn’t see the blessings of favor that God was bestowing upon her and all she saw was the unloving husband that she so desperately wanted love from.
Psalms 21:6 NIV
Surely you have granted him unending blessings
and made him glad with the joy of your presence.
Leah was blind to what she was blessed with…
God had bless her with 4 sons before she realized that her joy came from Him, her blessings came from Him, and that she should be praising Him.
Finally, after the birth of her 4th son Judah, she said she would praise the Lord. She finally realized that the joy that she so desperately wanted would come from the Lord, not her husband.
It amazes me that she was so consumed by the desire of wanting her husband to love her. In society, today, if someone didn’t love us we would not waste any time on them. Marriages are so easily tossed aside when something is broken, despite how big or small the problem is.
I have known women, though, who have tried to save their marriage by having children and the sad part is, it doesn’t change the issues that were already present in the marriage, but instead, puts a child in the middle of everything.
The parents have so many issues to deal with that they are missing all the joy that a child can bring. They are so consumed with what’s going on with each other, they miss the amazing gift that God has given them.
We need to be present in the moment so that we can take in every bit of joy we can. That doesn’t always happen, I know….
I can think of a few times as I sit here and type this, that I wish I could get back because I missed out on some joy that might have changed my outlook on certain situations.
So my question for you is…can you think of a time where you missed an opportunity to feel the joy that God has blessed you with?
Make sure you feel the joy and don’t get consumed by other things.
Enjoy the song below and have a very blessed day!