Finding Joy

Amidst the news of the recent hurricanes and resulting flooding, a refrain from the U2 song “It’s a Beautiful Day” has been playing in my mind. The line from the song is “after the floods, all the colors came out.” Bono explains the meaning of the song to be about “losing everything but still finding joy in what one has. Just like a flower can survive and maybe thrive in inhospitable conditions, the human spirit cannot be smothered, and can even persevere in hard times.”

This same sentiment is expressed in 1 Thessalonians 5:18 where Paul writes that we are to “give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” As is true with many worthwhile activities, this is a difficult task. Made especially difficult when facing devastating news and/or situations. Perhaps this is the point that Paul is making. If we believe that God does everything for good, when bad things happen it is a true test of our faith to find gratitude and thankfulness among the brokenness.

Certainly the devastations of the hurricanes have caused hard times for many people. Even so, there is beauty in the thousands of people who have offered their help, their time, their possessions, their money, and their blood to those in need. It is a humbling and beautiful thing to see fellow human beings reaching out to lend a hand to perfect strangers and loving their neighbors. As the days go by, there continues to be devastating stories of loss, but also touching stories of hope and love.

My thoughts and prayers go out to all who are dealing with the aftermath of the hurricanes, the earthquake, wild fires, and other daunting obstacles. In the days and weeks to come, may faith help us find a glimpse of beauty and gratitude amid the wreckage.

Kelley Evans

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