“You will become sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn to joy.” (John 16: 20)
“Ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete.” (John 16: 24)
Joy. God makes me laugh sometimes. I love the way He works. It’s never by accident or random. He is so intentional. Lately, I have really been thinking about joy and experiencing it in a way that I never thought possible. So when I read the verse that my sorrow will turn to joy, I actually laughed out loud! And this wasn’t a mocking or sarcastic snicker; this was a laugh knowing that God is truly who He says He is. I am totally humbled and amazed by the fact that God can turn sorrow into joy. It really is possible. Even when we are in the deepest places of despair and hopelessness, God can and will do great things. He knows the desires of our hearts and just wants us to trust Him and connect with Him. I love how He tells us to ask so that we can receive… so that our joy can be complete.
Jesus, I love You. I am amazed by You and how You work in my life. After experiencing such deep loss and pain, I had finally reached a place of acceptance of my circumstances. I was no longer hopeless or in a pit of despair, Lord, but I felt like the spark in my heart was gone. You, Jesus, were not finished with me yet. I love how You surprise me, God, with exceedingly more than I can ask for or imagine. Thank You, Jesus, for returning joy into my heart, igniting that spark again. Lord, You are worthy of praise and adoration. You truly restore the years that the locusts have eaten. Thank You. I love You endlessly!