Claudine’s Joy

“Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy.” – Psalm 34:5, NLT

This morning as I was out walking, I approached an elderly woman at an intersection. She was waiting for the light to change. I smiled and said, “Good morning.” She did the same. When it was safe to cross the street, I went on ahead of her down the sidewalk.

After about a minute or so, I heard her shout, “Where do you volunteer?” She had read the back of my t-shirt, which shows the definition of the word – “one who freely enlists for service without request, obligation, or payment.” I turned around, walked toward her, and answered, “Oh, I just work in the kids area at my church, James River Assembly.” Her eyes lit up, and she said she’d always wanted to visit. I encouraged her to do so. I even offered to give her a ride. We continued talking, and I learned her name was Claudine and that her husband is paralyzed.

What struck me about Claudine right away was her joy. She obviously loves the Lord, and her whole countenance radiates His love, despite challenging circumstances in her life. When we parted, I said, “Have a great day, Claudine,” to which she replied, “Well, you just made it, Kristen!”

I made her day? How? Somehow the fact that I work with children encouraged her. However, I was the one who walked away from our time together most blessed. Even though I spent only a few minutes with Claudine, she made such an impact on me that I had to come home and write about her.

Claudine’s joy reminded me that I need to slow down, not take life so seriously, and enjoy each moment God gives me. I want to be like Claudine. Don’t you? The key is to let the Lord be the source of your joy. He will bring a smile to your face each day as you look to Him.