From Sorrow to Joy

I want to be full of God, love, good company, mountains, art, and so much more. We want and want and want and become impatient, then God gives you patience by giving you trials (James 1:3). If we ask for patience, we are asking for trials, events or people that will test us. 

Examples of trials:

Sometimes we think we have good friends, but it turns out they went behind your back or were just dishonest,

Or the two of you just grew distant,

Or you have developed a life-threatening illness and only have 6 months to live,

Or the love of your life smashes your heart to pieces.

We blame God for these unhappy, heart-breaking events. We believe that God snatches the good things in life and says, “HA HA. Not today!”

Or that’s what it seems like.

If you learn to accept the pain and suffering as a blessing instead of a curse, you will be full of peace. You will feel that peace that passes all understanding.

And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
 (Philippians 4:7)

But it’s hard to see some of these things as a blessing. We may not realize it now, but this pain and suffering will lead to greater things.

The friend you lost can make you a better person. The love you lost can open many doors to new friendships. The illness? We may be on this earth “for such a time as this” to do great works and love people, like Esther.

Esther learned about the her husband’s, King Ahasuerus, decree (it was mostly Haman ‘s) to kill all the Jews. She was afraid to see her husband because there was a law that stated to kill anyone who approaches the king’s court will be put to death, unless he points his golden scepter. Esther said she hasn’t seen her husband in 30 days.

Mordecai encouraged her, telling her to not even think that she is an exception to the new decree, then said,

For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this(Esther 4:14)

You can be full of many emotions, events, people, and places. Live a life full of love and good works. Find peace by counting it all joy (James 1:2). If God made a perfect world, then what would be the point of Heaven?

When Jesus predicted His Death and Resurrection in John 16, the disciples did not understand. Jesus told them that they will first be full of sorrow, but later full of joy (John 16:22). His death was, at first, a sorrow, but that sorrow turned into joy because we can receive forgiveness of our sins! He sacrificed his own life for us. Imagine how much love He had for us, but that is another blog post for another time. All of these heartbreaking events will first be a sorrow, then it will be a joy. We may not see it at the moment, but we will later.

There will be tribulations, but do not fret. Be of good cheer because Christ has overcome the world (John 16:33).

Measure Your Life in Love.

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