"...may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you." (Psalm
40:16 and Psalm 70:4)
How difficult it was to be still long enough for one of the beautiful butterflies to land on the back of my granddaughter's hand! She desperately wanted one of these elusive creatures to alight on her and waited ever so patiently.
When she ran out of patience, she carefully reached down and picked one off a leaf as it was resting there.
A butterfly has about a three week lifespan. It flutters, darts around, lands and then leaves momentarily. Happiness is like the elusive butterfly and short lived.
Joy, on the other hand, can be an ongoing and permanent. Happiness, although circumstantial, as a byproduct of deep Joy.
Joy in the Lord, a peace in Who God is, and a confidence in Whose you are. Joy is not elusive; God is with you.
That's good news
Sally I. Kennedy