“I tell you the truth, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy… So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.”
That was John 16:20, 22.
I ministered with my dance company at church today to a song entitled JOY! Before each performance I find scripture s that tie into what piece we will be doing and that was one of the scriptures I shared with the other dancers. So many people needed to hear the words to that song today. They needed that comfort in knowing that although I may be suffering now, my joy is coming, and when it comes it is yours and no one in this world can take that joy away.With lyrics like “No food on the table – JOY!” and “when I get weak & I can’t go on. I feel all my hope, all my joy is gone…” the audience’s reaction screamed to me that someone needed to hear that and know that even when we’re without, we can still have joy.
My pastor talked about praising God in your time of trouble, and we hear this all the time: praise Him in advance; praise Him in the midst of your storm… But some people may ask HOW? When it gets so tough how do you stay so optimistic, faithful, prayerful, and thankful? Easier said than done right?!
Here’s a few things that I picked up on along the way:
1. Don’t say WHY ME?! Ask yourself why NOT me? God has a plan for your success, but your road there may not be as seemingly easy as the next person’s.
2. The test you are going through is only to make you better in some type of way. Think of it this way- the test is for the best!
3. Remember that God takes away so that he can prepare us for more and better.
My very first blog for GS I said that life is the hardest thing I’ve ever done. I’ve had my share of ups & downs, mainly those which have hit me in my adult years (oh, how I wish I was a kid again sometimes!) But, what I found is that God has taken away so many things from my life so I can learn to live without. I was used to living in abundance, carefree, and taking things for granted. I praise Him in advance because I realize I am being shaped and molded so much during these hard times that I know after I am brought out I will be so much better; so well off, and much happier and content than ever before.
One of my favorite scriptures that always helps to put life into perspective for me when I feel my storm is unjust is Romans 5:3-5
Not only so, but 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.
Your life is not to be lived in vain. You have a divine purpose to live on this Earth, and everything that happens in it is for the glorification of God. Nothing is by accident or just a dose of “bad luck.” Have joy in knowing that!
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