Joy in a Pink Ukulele

“. . .yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.” (Habakkuk 3:18)

I saw it in the store display. There, in all its bizarre glory was a pink ukulele. Now, you need to understand my ‘love affair’ with ukuleles began years ago. My older brother, who I adored, played one.

Then came the movie Finding Forester and the song which combined Somewhere Over The Rainbow and What a Wonderful World, played, of course. . . on a ukulele.

I love audacious, crazy things. So when I saw the pink ukulele, I just knew I had to have it. Even with my challenges, I knew I could master it. I knew how to play a guitar. A uke would be easy to learn and I’d be so happy. I knew it could help me forget about my pain.

When my birthday rolled around my youngest son asked what I’d like. Without blinking an eye I replied “A pink ukulele.” He looked at me as if I had lost my mind then realized I was serious. I told him where I had seen it and that I hoped it was still there. It was the only one they had. (Now mind you, I didn’t think there’d be a rush on pink ukuleles in our small town.)

So, the big day arrived and there was my pink ukulele in all its gaudy splendor. How happy I was going to be!

That was last November. Today I sit in my chair and look at the shelf that holds my pink ukulele, unplayed for months. I played it a while and put it aside. Where was all the happiness and joy I expected? Why was it now just another “thing” in my possession?

I went running after an “I want,” instead of seeking the foundation of happiness. I expected a “thing” to make me happy. Far too often I run after happiness and joy, without ever realizing how close at hand that true happiness is. Was there anything wrong with wanting a pink ukulele? Inherently – no. Expecting it to satisfy me when only God can, was my error. I’m keeping that pink ukulele in a conspicuous place as a reminder – it is only in God that I can find true joy even in my pain.

About the author:
deni believes that the only true way to deal with chronic pain and chronic illness is to bring them to the feet of her Lord and Savior. Her multiple challenges (Ankylosing Spondylitis, Porphyria, Celiac Sprue, and Atrial Fibrillation to name a few) have taught her many things about herself and her Christian walk. It is her fondest desire that her lessons may be helpful to others as they walk the path of chronic health challenges. She can be reached at Her website is

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