Every Friday, I post a scripture verse and encouragements on Facebook. I always begin my post with the phrase, “Happy Friday friends”. Last week, I posted as usual. The question was posed to me, “Is it really a happy Friday because you are sick and in pain from Crohn’s Disease?”
It made me reflect. Was I being disingenuous or dishonest in calling it a happy day? I guess, it is all in how you look at it. Our view of the circumstances we are experiencing comes down to our perspective.
In all honesty, every day, even one full of pain, is a happy day to me. Happiness and joy is not situational. It is not circumstantial, either. It is based on HOPE. An expectation that one day I will no longer feel this pain. A belief that one day I will have a perfect body. A conviction that one day I will be with my Heavenly Father, in a place that He prepared for me.
Happiness comes from fixing our eyes on Jesus. Looking at how He suffered on our behalf, more pain than we will ever experience, on the cross. Realizing that He willing submitted to that pain, taking our sins and punishment upon Himself, because He loved us. Knowing that the trials of this life create in us: perseverance, grow our character, and conform us to Christ. They have a purpose! Even when we may not see why…we can trust God. He loves us and desires our best. So what’s not to be happy about?
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. James 1:2-3
Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. Romans 5:3-4