Finding Joy in Troubled Times

ImageFor those who know me personally, you know that there are health issues and such that I deal with daily. There are times when I wonder if my middle name is Job and somehow my name must be in the book of Job. Then, at the same time, I can’t help but be grateful for those times that I have struggled and even gotten upset with God. I didn’t understand why things were happening as they were and why those who were addicted to drugs, alcohol and porn didn’t have these problems. I guess there are some things that we may never know and I had to change my focus from me to what God had planned for me. Not saying I know this still to this day.

ImageWhat I do know is that because of the things in my life, I have been given the opportunity to meet people who have the same type of medical problems or know of someone. There are many types of people in my life that I would never have known and wasn’t really interested in knowing. We weren’t like minded. But then, what if all those people God put in my life when I was younger and still to this day, would I be the person I am and have the faith I have? How all those people who made bad choices in their lives may need to have more time or someone to show them that the only way through this and to find hope and joy is with Christ alone? Maybe they just needed extra time and someone to point them in the right direction. Showing them who God is through music, prayer and witnessing is a way to help others see that joy can be found and it is possible, even on those gloomy days there is hope.

I find truly amazing is that God knows that music is what comforts me during times of sorrow, anger, tribulation and joy. When I drive in my car, I have music on that helps me keep my eyes upon Jesus. Even on those days that seem dark and gloomy at times Jesus Christ has promised to never leave us or forsake us.

Take a look at these great scriptures:

  • Psalm 46:1 (Daily Affirmation)

God is our refuge and strength and ever present in times of trouble.

  1. Psalms 126:5

 Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy.

  • John 16:33

 In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.]

For some reason when we focus on our problems too long they seem to get bigger and insurmountable. When I think of my problems I choose to focus on things I am thankful for.  I’m not saying this is always easy to do, but it does help with those times when everything seems out of control and gloomy. 

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