A rich man was trying to find his daughter a birthday gift when he saw a poor man with a beautiful white horse. He told the man that he would give him $500 for the horse. The poor man replied, "I don't know mister, it don't look so good," and walked away. The next day the rich man came back and offered the poor man $1000 for the horse. The poor man said, "I don't know mister, it don't look so good." On the third day the rich man offered the poor man $2000 for the horse, and said he wouldn't take no for an answer. The poor man agreed, and the rich man took the horse home. The rich man's daughter loved her present. She climbed onto the horse, then galloped right into a tree. The rich man rushed back over to the poor man's house, demanding an explanation for the horse's blindness. The poor man replied, "I told you it don't look so good."
Henri Nouwen: “I am not accustomed to rejoicing in things that are small, hidden, and scarcely noticed by the people around me….. I have become accustomed to living with sadness and so have lost the eyes to see the joy.”
Some of us “don’t look so good,” we don’t see the joy in life. I admit, some days, it is a little difficult to see the joy in serving the Lord (like Monday), but that’s usually because I’m not “looking so good.” When we’re focused on ourselves and our situations, we lose sight of joy, but when we are focused on our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, we have unspeakable joy that transcends our situations and circumstances!
“This I recall to my mind, therefore I have hope. Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. ‘The Lord is my Portion,’ says my soul; Therefore, I hope in Him. The Lord is good to the soul who seeks Him. It is good that one should hope and wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.” Lamentations 3:21-26.
“Rejoice in the Lord always, I will say it again: Rejoice!” Philippians 4:4