I was reading Applause of Heaven by Max Lucado. And I wondered as he did when he witnessed the wonderful attitude of those people whose circumstances I cannot hope for:
“What is that joy that refused to bend in the wind of hard times? A joy that held its ground against pain. A joy whose roots extended deep into the bedrock of eternity. What type of joy is this? What is this cheerfulness that dares to wink at adversity? What is this bird that sings while it is still dark? What is the source of this peace that defies pain?”
He called it “Sacred Delight”.
A few years ago, I decided not to read or watch news as I did before because the news is just a bad news and it is a big stressor. I decided not to stress myself out by those news because they are out of the area of my control anyway. And that was a selfish decision I realized now.
True enough, ignorance was a bliss that time. I was not immediately exposed to the horrors of those news like the Fallen44, the ISIS, the earthquake in Chili, and others. Then it occurred to me, after a very long time of not concerning myself about what is happening to the world, that I came to that decision because I most often draw my happiness on the things happening around me, on my circumstances, on the things outside of me.
I realized now that although I had little or no choice about circumstances, I can choose to be happy. Happiness is an inside job, they say.
This is when things go tricky. Of course, as humans, we are capable of feeling upset and sad when we are exposed to or we know of a situation that we wouldn’t ever hope for. How then can we have that “joy that refuses to bend in the wind of hard times”?
Just a disclaimer before I go forward. I am not an expert of happiness. I just read about it, prayed for it, and tried to live it in my every day life. Pray, and let your attitude after prayer be FAITH. There, I said it already. PRAYER. And FAITH. Pray to establish a personal relationship with the Lord. Seek His message in the scriptures. And trust that the Lord is faithful in His love. When you allow the presence of the Lord, and acknowledge all the manifestations of His love, you’ll know that God is enough. You can get that serenity, that peace that God is bigger than what you are currently facing right now.
More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. Romans 5:3-5
“God has given us peace in our pain. He covers us all the time. Even when we are out of control, he is still there.”
― Max Lucado,