My cheeks hurt like madness this morning and my sides a little bit, too.And it feels like bliss.
Oh, I guess I don't know what to call it. But have you ever looked around and wondered how things got so good? How did I find myself here - smack dab in the middle of a world of blessing? How did I end up with such joyful creases across my face and such painful aches across my abs. Several hours of straight smiles and laughter, I guess.
Last night, I felt the fullest kind of content... so much that I had trouble counting them out to the Lord in thanks. I hoped He could hear my heartbeat because that seemed to be making the most sense. After a LONG day of work, I sat with the greatest laughing companions and the scene-making followed us all night.
I forgot we were in a public place because our laughter was busting out the doors. From the restaurant to the frozen custard stand to our eclectic living room to the bike paths around Gray's Lake - I kept wanting more of whatever was bubbling up inside of me. It wasn't a wanting that came from lack, but a wanting that came from a glorious abundance.
Is bliss a Biblical concept? Is this the longing that C.S. Lewis spoke so fondly about in Surprised by Joy? Whatever it is that is churning inside my heart, it's not of this world. I'll tell you that. This contented, blissful, beauty is not something you can calculate, coordinate or capture.
I slept very little but very soundly last night after a day that stretched beyond the normal limit. I am (clearly) overwhelmed as I consider the beauty making itself known like the 4th of July in my life. I'll be spending the next week "oohing" and "ahhing" at all the ways the Lord loves - all the beautiful, blissful ways that we can be content in Him and His glorious abundance.
I say all this gobbledigook because I am trying to righty rejoice. I am trying to breathe in the blessings slowly and then be a blessing with all the magic bliss brings. I am trying to rightly rejoice in the Giver of these good gifts.
Maybe sometimes right rejoicing sounds like smiles and laughter and contented feelings in my soul.