No. God wants us to be happy, all the time.
Abraham Lincoln, frequently afflicted with melancholia, once said, “Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.” Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote, “Happiness is like a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.”
Could it be that happiness is more available to us than we realize?
Let’s try a bit of Lenten discipline: sit quietly for a few minutes, close your eyes, and picture yourself in a warm, sunny garden as a brightly colored butterfly flits about you and even rests on you (perhaps even your nose).