In a perfect world, we could all stand and shout from the rooftops that life is always effortless and free of trials. Keywords, in a perfect world.
The last week has been challenging for me as I readjust to school and everyday life. Although, I am not resistant to change, certain things like new professors and schedules etc., take time for me to settle into. Yesterday, had to be one of the hardest days I have had in a long time. It seemed like the more I would cast down the tune of stress and fear, the more the devil would turn up the volume. I was battling all day, and thinking, “God, where is my joy?”
We often equate feelings of happiness with external events, like a birthday, holiday, promotion, great grades etc. But, real joy flows from the inside out, not the outside in. Externally the devil was screaming at me, but internally God was singing over me, Zephaniah 3:17. That revelation resonated with me on my trek home, and reminded me of what God told me last week:
“God, do you know what kind of day I had?” I wrote in one of my journal entries. To which God replied, “What kind of day do you think Jesus had when He died on the cross?”
This life we live, will be challenging but those challenges do not have to put us on a roller coaster of joy and sorrow. We can have eternal sunshine through the harshest winters of life, when we consider Jesus, not ourselves.
Praying and believing for the absolute best and a joy that cannot shaken!