Mr. Quintana is 90 years old this year. I met him 2 years ago when my husband and I moved to Albuquerque. The first thing I learned about him is that he wants to be called Mr. Q. The second thing I learned is that he loves to serve.
Every Sunday he comes to church early to sweep the front lobby. He hands me a box of cookies for the kids, and then gets the brooms. Our church is on a main walking street, and our lobby hosts a lot of different activities on Friday and Saturday nights, so it’s a pretty grubby job. But he won’t let anyone else do it.
Mr. Q went on his first mission trip when he was 80. His wife had died and he realized that he could either serve his sadness, or serve others. So he went to the Philippines as a translator for a missions team. And then he went to Honduras. And he kept going, on almost 20 different trips.
This man is in the twilight of his life, and it’s been a really amazing life. But what amazes us all is his strength, his service, his joy.
Last Thursday my husband gave a message on joy. And this Sunday our pastor started a new series on Joy. It seems to be the theme of the season.
Joy, my husband said, is the bedrock beneath the ocean’s waves. It doesn’t move, no matter what kind of storm is going on outside.
Thinking about joy has brought so many stories my way. They aren’t my stories to share, but they are incredible. Because the waves of life are pushing God’s people around, but they all have that bedrock in their hearts. They all have joy.
And it reminded me. When I was saved, none of my circumstances changed. The anger and harshness at home were the same. The cranky co-workers were the same. The pressure of college was unchanged.
But my heart had something new. I had hope. I had a destination. I had joy.
Praying for joy to fill your week, beyond everything that comes your way ♥
“God has given both his promise and his oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie.
Therefore, we who have fled to him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us.
This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary.” Hebrews 6:18-19