There are many wonderful things in life that make us happy.
We should relish those things and keep them close.
But life is not always happy.
When we face situations that make us unhappy, we feel empty. We don’t like our happiness taken away.
I believe with all my heart that God knows the next step and something good can come out of our unhappiness.
Your unhappiness has the ability to drive you to find happiness somewhere. This is why so many turn to “other” things to cope.
True and permanent happiness comes from God. I mean, he created happiness in the first place.
What does this mean? It means when you are alone in your sadness, reach out to God. Talk to him. When you draw near to him, he draws near to you. He will not force himself on you. But he gives you plenty of clues that he is around.
We all know we are happiest when all is well. This means that something in our lives is secure. We don’t have to worry. When things are out of our control, we look for something to make us happy again. Even if it’s temporary.
I read this today and this popped out to me:
Laments (deep grieving or sadness) lead to a deeper resting in Him for our happiness.
The happiness from God is deeper than any happiness found on earth. It’s not that we don’t enjoy the happy things that life gives us. It means when those happy things are not there we can still maintain a deeper, steady happiness that is like a slow burning candle deep within us.
The roots of a tree dig deeper into the earth when there is a drought.
We have to dig deeper, too.
photo from The Songs of Jesus by Timothy Keller