Marker of Joy

(Not my original idea)  
Have you ever put all the laundry into the machine, added the correct amount of soap and felt that sense of pure accomplishment!? One more thing off of the To Do List!! One more check mark in the long line of chores……..  Only later, after moving everything to the dryer and again feel that small sense of pride… “YES, I am taking today on like a boss”  and then, you go to fold those clean dry cloths to find you have also washed a sharpie marker!!! GASP!! Tears spring to your eyes and all that sense of Pride and Joy is thrown to the wind!!
But wait, STOP!! Take a moment and reflect: How is this marker like Joy? What if we threw Joy into the mix, sent it through the spin cycle and scorching heat?
As we pulled those garments out and saw that the clothing that are dark the marker is not very notable, just like in the dark times of our lives….. do we see the Joy? In contrast to our light colored garments,… that maker is very visible! You cannot miss it!! Much like the times in our lives when the sun is shining and all is well with the world, our Joy is very notable and easy to identify!!
In both situations, the marker/joy is there!! The only difference is how hard you have to look for it!
Life can be MESSY!!
Psalm 40:2 He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.