The Power of Joy

This post is dedicated to each woman who took the Passport to Joy journey with us these past few months—and to those who may not have, but hunger for more joy.

Have you ever seen a flashmob? One person begins to dance, and is soon joined by another, and another, and another, until before long hundreds of individuals, representing countless friends, couples, and families are moving to the same rhythm, dancing to the same song—altering the landscape around them. Onlookers stop in their tracks, turning from their tasks and cares, and begin to tap their feet to the beat. They pull out their phones—not to check email, but to capture the jubilant happening on video. The scene is powerful. It pulls, lures, and invites to the dance floor all who hug the wall waiting to be asked—much like joy when it spills over from our lives and splashes on those around us. The atmosphere is transformed from self-focused, pre-occupied, task-driven angst to hopeful eyes cast upward, burdens dropped in the corner like ragged ink-stained backpacks. Joy invites the road weary passerby to stop and breathe, taking a respite from her uphill climb. Joy compels us to move in the direction of the source of joy. Joy is powerful.

As we weave our way through the Lenten season, approaching the darkness of noon on Calvary’s hill, we can’t help but anticipate the glorious joy of the empty tomb. Easter morning. Light so pure and blinding the definition of life itself was shattered and created anew. Loss so raw and profound miraculously replaced by a holy hope too huge to get our heads around. He really is the Savior! He really did come to rescue us! He really is alive! The power of God at its zenith is displayed in the empty tomb. And the result is joy.

And he was shown to be the Son of God when he was raised from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit. He is Jesus Christ our Lord. 5 Romans 1:4 NLT

Joy is powerful because joy is made possible by power—God’s power. God’s power to resurrect His one and only Son from the cold, dark tomb of death. God’s power to breathe that same eternal life into each one of us. God’s power to invade this shadowy, sin-tainted world we in habit and infiltrate it with His glorious kingdom. God’s power to fill us with overflowing, everlasting joy.

For everything comes from him and exists by his power and is intended for his glory. All glory to him forever! Amen. Romans 11:36 NLT

Joy is made possible by God’s power. And joy, itself, is powerful.

Are you experiencing the power of joy? Is your joy spilling over and bidding others to dance their way closer to the one true source of joy? If ever a day should compel us to explode with joy, it’s Easter! Easter morning made true joy possible for each and every one of us. Easter morning laid the original dance floor upon which each step of joy is choreographed. The power of the empty tomb is the power of everlasting joy.

I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.

Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Ephesians 3:16-20 NLT (emphasis added)

Take a moment to enjoy this flashmob and celebrate the powerful truth of the risen Christ. May the power of your joy overflow and influence, entice and invite, welcome and envelope—shining the light of Christ to all who stand on the edges of the dance.