There is joy available that the deepest grief cannot put out. No circumstance or person can take away the Joy that God gives. ~ Tim Keller
Life has been very tough lately and sometimes it can really be hard to find a glimpse of light in all of the darkness that surrounds me. This is the first time in my life that I have experienced loss and it has been uncomfortable and extremely hard. Waking up with pressure on my chest and pain in my entire body has been something very real to me this week. I have truly realized that grief and mental pain becomes actual physical pain too, it’s very real and it’s definitely not something that we just imagine or make up in our minds. Today I found this quote by Tim Keller and it reminded me about something I heard earlier this year, it reminded me of the difference between joy and happiness. The Bible promises us joy when we trust in God. The problem is that we often mix up the word joy with happiness when in reality they are completely different. Happiness is a feeling based on circumstance while Joy is not connected to circumstances at all. Joy can only come to us through the Holy Spirit who takes place inside of us and gives us a peace when we are walking through our deepest and darkest days. Joy assures us that through all of our suffering, we are not alone and we can trust that this is not the end.
C.S Lewis puts it into other words. He said “Life with God is not immunity from difficulties, but peace within difficulties”
God never once promised us that we won’t suffer or have difficulties here on earth. We will lose people we love, we will experience pain and we will all one day die whether we like it or not. But there is one thing that God does promise us, and that is that he will walk alongside us through it all.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. Isaiah 43:2