I don’t know why people say money can’t buy you happiness. It absolutely can! But permit me to ask, is this what you want? Is this what you need? Infact I’m asking myself the same question. Do I want happiness?
What is happiness though? Let’s ask Google. Google says ” The State of being happy”. Well, that doesn’t help much 😂. But we get that it’s a state. Now, what is a state? Being a true millennial, let’s hed back to Google. State: The particular condition that someone or something is in at a specific time. At a specific time? So then it is temporary. Happiness is temporary. Okay 😬
Here are 3 moments when I was in a happy state, these past few weeks.
- Getting new clothes
My aunt decided to spoil her darling with fresh outfits! I was just beyond happy. Who doesn’t love new clothes. Scratch that, free new clothes!
- Buying a new pair of shoes
I don’t know why, because I was supposed to be on save mode, but I absolutely had to get these shoes! And like the others I have it has just become one of.
- Trying a new dish
It tasted like, and I quote ” A chicken and mayo sandwich that went to private school”. But the chef insisted it be called Vietnamese Chicken. Potato, Patata, Tomato, Tomama? 😬
But the temporary highs of happiness surely faded, when I returned to the reality of life. It’s funny how unexplainable challenges can erupt from no where and zap one out of their “happy state”. I asked myself, surely God did not intend for us to be just happy, because happiness is temporary. Surely he meant for us to experience something else that does not fade away in the midst of adversity. As I pondered on this while trying to plunge back into happiness by my own accord I realised my efforts were yielding no fruit. Infact my search for the method to attain tranquility in the midst of turmoil now reminds me of a man called Jonah. Jonah always knew what he had to do. He was just too scared to and took off on his own agenda. But God, true to his predestined purpose brought Jonah back to where he was supposed to be. It sure was dark in the belly of that fish. But Jonah was able to sing praises to God from inside the fish, inspite of his “unhappy state”. Joy. Joy is what it was.
As I explained all this to my dear friend, all it took to silence me was “Read your bible and get to know Jesus”. I sat quiet for a while, realising I heard what I had known in my heart was true all along.
Matthew 6:33 says But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. But sometimes we don’t seek first the kingdom of God. We seek other things, then God’s word is just like backup, in case we don’t find what we were looking for. But if we would just dedicate time to get to know Jesus, to actually get to know our creator, then we will live life a whole lot differently. Money can’t buy the gifts that God gives. Joy unspeakable, Peace unexplainable. Aren’t these things we all want?
We are not promised a trouble free life. Infact it seems infirmities appear in the life of a believer at least once. Some more than others. And if we go searching for answers in the wrong place, we’ll receive temporary solutions when God wants to give a permanent one. I have come to the conclusion that Joy becomes manifest when we fix our eyes of Jesus no matter what. And this is permanent. This reveals God’s glory. Which is the purpose of our existence anyways. It’s really not about us. It’s not about happiness.
Because he overcame it all, we too can overcome. But we have to do our part and seek him. We have to want more than happiness. Peace and Joy can only be found in one place – Jesus Christ.