grief and joy dance.

I’ve been doing a weekly study with a group of girls by Beth Moore called “James: Mercy Triumphs.” A few weeks ago we had a great lesson on the connection between joy and anguish. I’ve been meaning to blog about it {aka – do my usual book report thing so I can keep track of all of these great words!} but yeah…life. So even though I’m in a pretty calm, peaceful spot right now where joy is fairly easy to come by, I had a few moments tonight to get it down on paper. Internet paper that is. 😉

Here goes…thanks Beth Moore for getting me thinking and helping me connect some of those dots in my brain!

James 1:2 – “Consider it pure joy when you experience various trials.” 

We looked at joy {joy that is attached to something or ‘with reason’} and anguish {which conveys an element of mental distress.} Examples of anguish include pain + anxiety, suffering + dread, hurt + harrassment…also meaning “to choke, crush, press, compress, squeeze.”

1) Anguish and joy can coexist. Grief and joy often dance together. Joy is tied more to relationships than circumstances of ‘stuff.’ Anguish is often the same way. 

2) Anguish and joy can trade places. 

Isaiah 61:1-3 – “The Spirit of the Lord God is on Me, because the Lord has anointed Me … to provide for those who mourn in Zion; to give them a crown of BEAUTY INSTEAD of ASHES.”

3) The source of anguish can morph into joy. 

– Your pain often becomes your passion.

– When your nightmare leads to your dream.

4) Mental anguish can be like the mind in labor. {Psalm 55:1-5, see v. 4} 

5) Anguish is meant to lead to a birth. {John 16:20-22}

– You must trust God with your anguish.

Don’t give up at the peak of the pain – the baby is on the way. Believe Him for the birth. 

That seems like a good place to leave it for today. The baby is on the way. Believe Him for the birth. 

Amen and amen.

Blessed am I.

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