It’s been an exciting few weeks since my big TV debut!
If all the encouraging and kind comments on social media and text messages weren’t enough, I was also spotted while shopping at London Drugs. I heard, “Hey, I saw you on The 700 Club.” I felt like a celebrity for the two seconds it took me to turn around and see it was someone I knew—a former fitness participant from years ago. She and her husband were genuinely impressed and blessed by what I said. It opened up a conversation about grief and they shared some of theirs with me.
(A link to the interview is posted below)
A few days before the interview, I was emailed five potential questions by the host of the show, Loire Hartshorn. She also let me know that the interview would be about nine minutes. When I practiced, the first three answers took a total of about five to six minutes and the last two were shorter. But I didn’t take into consideration her introduction and greeting, and the asking of the questions, so we didn’t have time for all five. Unfortunately, question number four wasn’t asked. And I thought it was a such a good one.
This was the question: How can joy and grief be so intermingled?
This was my answer:
I believe that Jesus is the source of true and lasting joy. Because I have Him, I can experience joy even in the depths of sorrow and grief.
In Psalm 16:11, David says, In Your presence there is fullness of joy.
I can feel joy and rejoice in all circumstances because I have Him, and more importantly, He has me… right in the palm of His hand.
That doesn’t mean I’m always happy or never sad. Not at all!
Some might say and think that our suffering, our losses, our trials, pain, and grief steals joy from our lives. But the opposite is possible. Those things can lead us into the depths of God’s love and mercy and into His hiding place of peace, comfort, hope and JOY.
So for me, I see it like this: (this is my visual) I bring my hands together in front of me and interlock my fingers.
My grief leads me closer to Him—deeper into His presence. And His embrace comforts me and fills me with joy.
That was my answer; short and sweet. But because I don’t have the time restrictions here like I did in my interview, and because it’s Easter, I’d like to continue.
Did you know that Jesus was called, “Man of Sorrows?” He can relate to sorrow, grief and pain better than anyone…
He was despised and rejected—a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way. He was despised, and we did not care. Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down… He was crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed. Isaiah 53:2-5 (New Living Translation)
From the Garden of Gethsemane, where His soul was “overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death,” where He prayed to His Father, with His face in the dirt and sweat pouring like drops of blood, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not my will, but your will be done.”
To His arrest, where His disciples — His best friends — fled, deserting Him.
To the brutal and gruesome beating all the way to the cross, where He was despised and rejected and sacrificed for us. Bearing the weight of the sins of the world, He prayed again, this time, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.”
Then finally, to that glorious third day, when this Man of Sorrows—our Redeemer rose from the grave. Making a way for us to be reconciled to His Father in heaven—a way to experience everlasting relationship with God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
I’ve accepted Jesus as my Lord and Saviour and that is how I can say with confidence, I am His and He is mine… I am covered by His love and He provides everything I need, including comfort, joy, and peace — in easy times and in times of trouble and grief.
If you have never put your trust in Jesus, today is a great day to say YES to His grace… to His gift of salvation. It’s a gift, it can’t be earned, and it beckons to each one of us, “receive.”
Come all you weary, come all you thirsty, come to the well that never runs dry, drink of the water, come and thirst no more
Come all you sinners, come find His mercy, come to the table, He will satisfy. Taste of His goodness, find what you’re looking for
For God so loved the world that He gave us, His one and only Son to save us, whoever believes in Him will live forever
Bring all your failures, bring your addictions, come lay them down at the foot of the cross, Jesus is waiting, God so loved the world – From the song, God So Loved by We the Kingdom
Happy Easter and may you experience the joy of the Lord whatever comes your way! His joy is our strength! (Nehemiah 8:10)
Click here to view my 700 Club interview. A huge thank you goes to Lorie and her crew for the amazing opportunity and for their kindness and encouragement! And to all my family and friends for cheering me on and for all the love and support! And to my husband, Chris who helped me practice (a lot), and provided the support I needed when I was feeling unsure of myself.
Happy Birthday to our dad (Mar 30). He’s 83 and still going strong and chomping at the bit to get back to Malawi where he drills wells. He’s nearing 60 wells drilled. Way to go Dad! (More about that next time) Check out his website: Project Wellness