Thursday, March 24, 2011

The Storm of the Soul

There is joy in sadness.
An elderly woman said the words with a knowing, from what I assumed to be based on her own experience.  The thing is . . . when the storm of the soul begins . . . joy is hard to imagine.  But.  I understand now.  When I look back at the seasons of  life when sadness engulfed us, those times we experienced loss, death, or incomprehensible darkness,  an acute awareness of the presence of God would develop, as His encompassing comfort and invading peace sustained us.   And. There has been joy in knowing the powerful presence of God.

Weeping may last through the night,
      but joy comes with the morning. (Psalm 30: 5b, NLT).
Trusting God to be present and at work when the soul is distressed, changes our view of God and ourselves.  We see our need and His love.  Nothing can compare.  And, though we are deeply sad, we experience an inner joy from knowing more about the depth of His love than at any other time. There is something very significant, something that matters more than any other time of life, something that shifts the details of life, when we experience joy in the season of sadness.
 The birth of joy in the sadness is a mystery and a gift.  
Hold on to the presence of God, His comfort and peace. Receive the joy of knowing Him in the midst of the storm of your soul.

Learning to Kickstart the day experiencing joy in the storms of the soul,

(written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2011 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)