Over the past months, we had an infestation. An infestation of fear, doubt, worry, panic, and sickness. This infestation left many of us paralyzed. We became stiff towards others. Unmoving in the Spirit. Hardly budging from the couch while the tv is constantly alerting us on our ever-worsening days.

If you know me very well, then you know I love the outdoors. But with the outdoors comes…creatures. I have run into two snakes, a tick, a flea, and a dead mouse all within the past week. I call this simply, “rural living!” If you know my past at all (or read a few of my blogs), you know my worst enemy is lice. I loathe lice but they love my hair (I think it is all the dark chocolate I eat). One could call any of these critters an infestation of sorts, but guess what? I call it my trials! From light bulbs shooting across my room to locking myself out of truck and home, I am fighting for my joy.

Fighting for joy. It is a struggle in this world, especially right now, to find joy. Joy is the lasting effect of a deep love found only in the Lord. Joy is found when abandoning all else and following hard after Christ. The Holy Spirit gives us His joy when He dwells inside of His believers. Sure there are moments of sadness. I know I have had my doubts, asking God, “why am I here?” I try to remind Him that I could be anywhere on the mission field. But that never works. He keeps reminding me that I promised one semester. Somehow, this verse travels with me throughout my days. (Literally! I carry it in my pocket.)

“And the peace of God which surpasses all understand will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” ~ Philippians 4:7.

I know it never mentions joy, but I cannot picture a joyful worrisome person. Joy and peace go hand-in-hand. They are besties, holding tightly to each other, bravely facing this world.

I am fighting for my joy because joy is worth fighting for. I have gathered my weapon to ready myself for the battle. Come COVID or tribulation, I come ready with joy in hand. Let’s have an infestation of joy.

Stay crazy and be infested with joy,

Hannah