(April 9, 2015)
The concept of having our sorrows and afflictions swallowed up in the joy of Christ is a potent one. I have experienced this a time or two (though, sadly, not nearly as much as I should experience it). There are times when challenges face me or people wrong me and I find myself bitter or seeking justice or some similar, dysfunctional response. But other times, I manage to remember why I am on the Earth, and what I am supposed to be learning, and how I am to be helping others. I lose myself.
Sometimes it can be only the most fragile of things, lasting just a moment. But sometimes it is more persistent and potent. But during those times when my perspective is eternal and my focus is on the Savior, I find that all of my frustrations are swept away – swallowed up in the joy of Christ. It is a wonderful place to be, which naturally leads me to question why I don’t allow myself to stay in that place more frequently than I do.