I really like the sound of pure joy. How about you? Pure joy sounds amazing actually. While looking through my drafts, the following verse spoke to me. However, I wasn’t feeling that pure joy. Infact, I was feeling quite dry, which is ironic considering all of my water metaphors lately.
Yes, dry, burnt out, and listening to my feelings. Feelings just can’t be trusted. I know this. So how do you consider anything pure joy when you’re not feeling it?
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”James 1:2-4
I sent a couple of emails out to two of my closest friends before I wrote this. To one I asked, What’s wrong with me? However, I wasn’t just thinking about me, I was really concerned about my other friend so I sent out my queery. Even though I’m struggling with my own thoughts and feelings, my empathy was stronger.
A sinking person may not be the best person to try and lift a friend who’s struggling to rise, but then again maybe we can keep one other afloat till we get to that shore. There’s a meme that I really love… this one here:
LOVE… yes! If the trials of life teach us to love one another deeply maybe that right there should be considered PURE JOY.
“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.”1 Peter 4:8