Even in times of deep sadness, you can hold onto your joy!
“So you have sorrow now, but I will see you again; then you will rejoice, and no one can rob you of that joy.”*
Jesus gave this promise to His disciples shortly before He was
crucified. He knew they’d be devastated and wanted to give them hope to see beyond their pain. He knew that three days later on they’d experience immense joy—a joy that no one could take from them.
Jesus’ words here are every bit as much a promise for us today. We know that living as we do in a fallen world, we too will experience sorrow—sometimes deep, almost overwhelming grief. But even in the midst of the pain, the promise holds true, and there’s an undercurrent of hope and joy. It’s a joy that no one can steal from us unless we allow them to.
Sometimes, without realizing it, I give away that joy. Other people’s emotions, what I watch, read or listen to can steal it. It’s subtle; I usually don’t realize it’s happening at the time—just find myself feeling sad, empty or angry. Then I need to stop and turn my focus back to the Lord Jesus and the joy that’s ultimately waiting for me, and determine to hold onto my joy! I encourage you to do the same.