Posted in Devos on Wednesday, September 21, 2005 by drumsalot

When do we learn about joy? I cannot remember when my parents sat me down and said “Son, joy is…”. I cannot imagine that they ever did. In my mind, Joy is an inherent trait we are all born with. I have seen a 5 week old baby light up and laugh with a monster huge smile on her tiny face when her daddy entered the room. I have seen a family with four children who live constant and consistent joy because it is the most natural thing to do in a life and family truly directed by and dedicated to God in every possible aspect. Sure the kids have their little sibling fights, and there are rough days, but the most pervasive of feelings when you step through the door is love, followed very closely by joy. This is not a rich, easy living, well off family…. they have often had to fight hard to keep their heads above water. But through it all, Joy has been the second most evident fruit in their lives, hot on the tail of love. When I worked on an ambulance in Pennsylvania, I had the honor of delivering 4 babies. I have never felt such fear as the moments leading up to delivery, but very little compares to the joy of being the first to see and hold a brand new life that just seconds before felt air for the first time. It is a rare and amazing thing to see true joy spread across the exhausted face of the mother, and the nervous excited joy of the father. It is a vision of God in one of his barest and truest forms. God is all things in one, but Love and Joy seem to be his most visible and most expressed traits.

I have found that God has an amazing way of knocking sense into someone as thick headed as me. A while ago I lost the woman I loved and was sure I was going to marry to my closest friend in an act of betrayal that almost destroyed me. It was an act that destroyed the band I so dearly love, a band that should have reached millions…. God used this all to make me real for the first time in my life. I thought I couldn’t make it through, and He became my supply. I lost so much, and He showed me so fully how He is truly all I need. I lost the people and the things that brought me the most happiness, and He became my fullest and richest joy….. a joy that is all encompassing and has filled my heart so full I fear it may burst. I have learned so fully how God is the one true source of Joy. It was an amazingly painful lesson to learn, but it is the most amazing knowledge to truly own.

Romans 5:3-5 says; “We also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us.” I don’t think I could put words to my feelings and the change in my life that could even remotely come close to the way that verse puts it. It is so true, and it is life changing. The joy of the Lord truly is my strength…. and I am stronger than I have ever been now…. My Lord is the greatest joy I have ever known….. I know that this pain has been the catalyst for a movement of Christ in my life…. I just hope I can be used of him to be a conduit for his truly amazing joy to reach those who maybe have never realized how God can truly be their joy. Joy makes worship real, and makes God much more understandable. Joy is truly the most amazing feeling in the world when it is true joy fueled by God’s love for us.


First Post

Posted in Misc with tags , , on Friday, September 16, 2005 by drumsalot

What’s up!

I’m Wes, and this is the first time I’ve ever blogged for real, so bear with me while I learn the ropes.

Check out my About Me page to learn more…about me.

As the title says, this blog will be mostly incoherent ramblings. I am a lot of things, but there are 2 things that define me the most: I am a drummer and I am a Christian. Thanks for checking out my blog

This is me playing someone else’s kit at Kingdom Bound Festival in Darien Lake, NY