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Finding Joy in Ground Zero

          This is something that I learned when I attended the last two weeks’ service and I fervently want to share it, as it gave me a different kind of perspective about drawing strength to still be positive even if you hit the ground, face-down.

You might point a finger on me mockingly that I am not in the right ground of generalizing all as I am not really in your shoes right now, but the Bible says it all. Yes, we still have plenty of reasons to smile amidst the hurting and the pain.

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In John 1:2-3 it says, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.” It did not say to grieve, or to be haughty in times of troubles. It did not even command for us to be angry or desperate or to sulk more in the darkness and hide fearfully. God even encouraged us to be glad and to rejoice even when we are on our lowest because that is when our faith is greatly tested.

Consider it an opportunity to get closer to God each time you are facing such tons of problems.  God knows your worries and He is always there to back you up. 2 Corinthians 12.-9-10) --But he told me: “My kindness is all you need. My power is strongest when you are weak." So I will brag even more about my weaknesses in order that Christ's power will live in me. Therefore, I accept weakness, mistreatment, hardship, persecution, and difficulties suffered for Christ. It's clear that when I'm weak, I'm strong".

Life is not two-dimensional. It is not just black and white. Life is not always full of happiness as a lot of us wish it to be. Life is full of complexities, of stormy weathers, bumpy rides, thorny roads, of bitterness and perils.  We experience to be wounded, to break down, to stumble, to fall, to be hurt to the point that it is gagging, nagging us, to tear us apart, to rip our souls. Life should be lived in 3D. Finding joy in ground zero takes a leap of faith and of hope. We should learn how to entrust every iota of fear, every worries of the heart, and every doubts of tomorrow to God. We should be living in pure joy and genuine faith which can all be drawn from Jesus.   

John 16:22 declares “So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.”

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