The truth is that life today is no better or worse than I wanted…it’s just completely and utterly different. The wisdom comes from knowing that it is exactly as it should be. The joy comes in learning to love it, not despite all I’ve lost, but because of all that it has brought to me.” ~Sara Frankl
I like many of you have faced difficult times. It is through those difficult times that what I’ve found is that I’m resilient. I’ve found I have fortitude and faith. I’ve found that I care more about your feelings than mine. I’ve found there is nothing that cannot be redeemed and there is no one that doesn’t need encouragement. I’ve found I don’t need to be who the world wants me to be because all the world really needs is who I already am.
There are so many ways that society today puts the focus of our importance on what we have or how we look. When my daughter became a teenager I made a canvas for her bathroom and hung it next to her mirror. It displayed the verse from 1 Peter 3:3-4 —
“It is not fancy hair, gold jewelry, or fine clothes that should make you beautiful. No your beauty should come from within you — The beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit. This beauty will never disappear and is of great worth in God’s sight.”
Is it possible to have both joy and sorrow in the midst of trials? I think it is…I don’t think there is one trial that I have gone through where my relationship with God hasn’t deepened and where joy hasn’t come from it. The pain of childbirth brought me the joy of children; the sorrow of losing loved ones brought joy in remembering all the blessings they gave; the sadness felt when children move away, brought joy when they add more loved ones to the family; the pain and fear of going through breast cancer brings the joy of learning my life purpose; list goes on…
I am blessed…because each pain and sorrow I have had to face has brought me more joy than I could imagine and it is because I continue to seek Him in learning what He can do through me.