To be happy was a life goal for me when I was younger. I thought it was a simple and doable aspiration. But as I grew older, I realized that to be happy isn’t always as easy as it sounds.
Can you be cheerful when you’re treated unfairly? Be merry when people turn their backs on you? Be joyful when tragedy strikes? You’ll be anything but happy when your life is falling apart.
No wonder some people believe happiness is something non-existent. Something out of their reach.
I was one of those who thought that way. During a challenging season when I was so caught up with my circumstances, I was always worrying and wondering how to get out of my pithole. I had to deal with so much that I was both emotionally and mentally exhausted.
I hardly smiled or laughed. When I did, my smile never reached my eyes and my laughter never hearty. Happiness was but a fleeting and hollow concept.
Looking back now, I realized I’d allowed myself to wallow in my miseries. I was too caught up with my problems to see anything else beyond my circumstances.
It was only much later that I’d realized that I couldn’t do a thing about my struggles. The problems wouldn’t barge no matter how hard or long I thought about them.
But thank God I finally learned the truth and chose to look away from my problems. Not to dwell on them. Not to talk about them. Not to lose sleep over them.
Friend, maybe you’re unhappy about your life right now. You’ve lost the song in your heart and don’t know what to do. You’re reading this and thinking, “Easier said than done. How can I look away from my troubles?”
If that is you, let me share with you what God has shown me that led me to look away from my circumstances.
Why do you want to spend time mulling over your problems when you can’t change a thing about it? Are they going to go away just because you fret about them? Instead of focusing your mind on your problems, why not pay attention to Me?
I am God, the creator of heaven and earth. I am also your Abba Father. And I love you. I gave you my one and only beloved Son to redeem you, to bring you back to Me so I can dote on you. Why don’t you stop brooding over what you cannot change and begin to enjoy My amazing love?
Child, when you feel that life is unfair, you can complain to Me. When you feel your world is crumbling, you can cry to Me. When you can’t see your path and don’t know how to carry on with your life, remember how much I love you and how willing I am to help you.
When I let the enormity of those words sank into my heart, I began to embrace what Abba Father told me. Instead of being engrossed with my troubles, I began to think more about Him. I began to learn more about His amazing grace.
The change didn’t happen overnight. But as I continued to discover His grace day by day, my heart began to lighten. As I remember how much He loves me, my heart became full again.
Life became more bearable and I was smiling and laughing more than I was crying. Even though I still faced challenges, I became a lot happier. I was no longer despondent or in sorrow.
Gradually, my problems began to disappear one by one. It’s like God went round my back and sort out my troubles as I looked to Him.
So today, I want to tell you this: If God can make me happy even when my life was hard, He can do much more for you. When you know that God is for you and not against you, you can smile a lot easier and laugh a lot heartier.
You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.~Psalm 16:11