Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory,
1 Peter 1:8
How do I explain unexplainable joy?
It eases my pain.
It gives me strength to walk away every time something tries to take the place of God in my life.
Like when He gave me strength to say no to an insincere suitor. I felt a thousand angels trumpeting their horns as I chose genuine goodness over this man’s looks and prestige.
And when I closed the web browser before spending over my budget on designer clothes. At that moment I felt Him place on me a joyful royal robe. It was a peace more satisfying than any temporary buzz of the world’s acceptance.
Do know you can’t grab that joy yourself? When He decides to give it to you, He readies you for it.
It starts when you turn away from what the world has to offer and turn to Him for what He has to offer. Giving up the guy or the dress humbled my heart, making it ready to receive what the Scripture had to offer–a reminder that everything will be made right.
All of it. He’ll mend every broken heart, deal with every wrong and expose every lie.
Even my own.
Because I’m included in it all. When a friend lets me down, I forgive because He forgave me when I let Him down.
He will fix it all, heal it all, make it all whole. Knowing that brings me joy, and I need do nothing but rest in this unexplainable joy.
That joy didn’t just land in my heart. The Lord had to show it to me, and I had to accept it.
Years ago, even before I lost my husband, there was a time when I suffered a huge set back in life. My first husband was abandoning our marriage just as I was feeling pressure at work due to a corporate merger I had no control over. I felt shocked that my life had been flipped on its head. Desperation set in as soon as the shock wore off. All I could ask was why me?
Others tried to share their stories of trusting God and feeling joy, but I wouldn’t listen. I thought, who wants to be one of those downtrodden people who had to ask for God’s comfort? I didn’t want comfort! I wanted my old life back—the security and prestige.
I bumped and jostled through my self pity until it started to occur to me that sitting in self-pity for too long was everything but obedient to God, and wanting everything my way, the way it was before, was not accepting God’s will, and that was sin. Eventually my pride fell way, and I surrendered my self-pity, replacing it with hope. There had to be something better waiting out there than my old life. With a new anticipation in my heart, I finally said it: “Give me what You have, Jesus—I WANT IT!”
Are you worn down by your loss? Have you mourned for so long you don’t remember what it felt like to feel joy in your heart? Can you reach back to that time as a child when you felt joy in your heart?
Do you want that now?
Then throw open your heart to Him. Humble yourself. Take what you’ve been using to replace God in your life and give it to Him. Let Him give you unexplainable joy.
Sometimes you feel like everything has been taken away from you. Maybe for you the word “everything” is reality. Maybe when you lost your husband, you also lost financial security, social networks and the leadership you needed for decision-making.
If you’ve lost what feels like everything, make HIM your everything!
In reality, He IS everything. You can’t escape Him. You can only shrug Him off, and that hurts no one but you.
He wipes your tears. He can even find a way for your bills to be paid. He can bring you that fellowship when you need it.
And you need it. So ask for it.
That unexplainable joy.
If there is a sister out there stuck in her grief and has cried so many tears she doesn’t know how to get herself up, would You give her a peak at Your greatness to a point where she wants more of what she saw and begin demanding that unexplainable joy? Amen.
Kit Hinkle is an author and speaker. She was an original writer of A Widow’s Might in 2008, and after four years with that ministry, expanded it and founded A New Season Ministries, Inc. Once the ministry became established, she turned the leadership over, yet continues to contribute articles while she focuses on her finest career as a home school mother to four teen boys–one of them launched in college. She has lived through corporate careers as a chemical engineer and a management consultant, but now enjoys walks on the beach with her chocolate lab. She loves to sit with another who is walking through her tough road and show that woman Christ. It’s an honor to participate in His kingdom.
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