(Our precious girl grieved terribly for several days. Her sadness is evident in these photos.
But JOY was just around the bend and we all celebrated together as she discovered it!)
"Sorrow may last for the night, but JOY comes in the morning!"
Have you ever noticed that joy seems to always be found in the most unexpected of places? Maybe it's because it takes pain and hardship to reveal the true meaning of JOY!
I have been struck in my time with Rebekah this past week and now over a year with Abby in our home, that those with the greatest hardships illuminate JOY in a way that wealthy and "happy" individuals can not. Even in the midst of the intense grieving in Rebekah's heart at the loss of her foster family- I see joy bubbling beneath the surface. Sometimes it's as if she can't hold it in!!!
One of the enemies greatest weapons against us as believers is to convince us that the pathway to joy is found anywhere but in the pouring out of ourselves to make more and more room for Him! As we embrace the hard and costly instead of the comfortable and profitable, we discover that what we longed for all along is found in the midst of our losses.
Less of me...
More of Christ...