Oswald Chambers writes in My Utmost for His Highest that when the darkness of dismay comes, endure until it is over, because out of it {the darkness} will come ability to follow Jesus truly, which brings inexpressibly wonderful joy. (March 15)

That following of Jesus which is an unspeakable joy . . . how can that be in the aftermath, or even in the midst of tragedy and suffering?

I don’t know the how, but I know that it can be. Over the years, and in the past months, I have witnessed it in others. I have experienced it myself when during times of grief and pain, I have experienced the sweetness of the presence of Jesus that is inexplicable, comforting and everything to life.

I don’t know the how, but I know the Who. The One who redeems our lives from the pit. The One who brings good out of horrible circumstances. The One who is our Joy. And the One to whom I cling on all my days.

You {Oh God} have been my help. And in the shadow of your wings I sing for joy. My soul clings to you. Your right hand upholds me. Psalm 63:7-8

. . . let us run with endurance the race that has been set before us, looking (always, in all things, on all days) to Jesus, the author and perfecter of {our} faith. Jesus who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:1b-2

Jesus who is . . . ever interceding . . . and ever loving each of us.            Romans 8:34 and 38-39

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