Content from Sincerely Sandy
Many years ago I didn’t think I would ever be happy again. My life was turned upside down and I was just blowing in the wind. I had no joy, no relief from the crippling emotional pain. I knew that God was with me, but I couldn’t feel Him. I sometimes doubted I would ever be the same person I was before my world as I knew it came crashing down.
In James chapter 1 verse 2-3, James write, “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance” Verse 12 states “Blessed is a man that perseveres under trial, for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life, which is promised by the Lord to those that love Him”. Whew…when one is going through trials those verses seem out of reach and unattainable, but when the morning comes, whether it be weeks or years, one can look back and see that everything happens for a reason.
I am bolding admitting that I am thankful I had those years in the valley. I now appreciate everything that happened to me. I now stand on the mountain looking back into the valleys in which I traveled for so long. Thank God I am not where I want to be, but I am not where I was.
I have joy in the morning. I have joy in my heart and in my soul. I realize that until death takes me from this earth I will face other perseverance’s, but for the time being I feel the joy that God has wanted for me all along.
My advice to anyone going through various trials is to let go and let God… handle your problems. He is just waiting for you to admit that you can’t do anything alone, he has to be the one in charge. You won’t regret it.
I am a slow learner, but I feel like I had to go through all the awful times to appreciate and learn that God was there all the time. Yes, joy comes in the morning and I am basking in it. God is the God of faithful joy and he wants that for our lives.