Kimberley Woodhouse, author of Welcome Home: Our Family’s Journey to Extreme Joy, had such a verse. After several miscarriages, Kim went in for surgery only to have it cancelled because she was pregnant. On her way out, a nurse slipped a slip of paper into her hand.
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” (James 1:2-4)
Those words changed Kim’s life and set her on a journey to joy. And those words emerged repeatedly over the next years through debilitating morning sickness, rushing their baby boy to the ER as he struggled to breathe, and searching for a diagnosis for their tiny girl with intense eczema and the inability to sweat or feel pain.
When a sudden power outage stranded her in a dark garage when she should have been on her way to lead a Bible study, Kim decided to consider it joy whenever she faced problems. So, on the top of her vehicle searching for the emergency garage door release cord (with a sock soaked with dog pee from the pet she’d tripped over), Kim sang. Along with her kids already strapped into their carseats. As she said, “What good was memorizing Scripture if I couldn’t apply it to my life?” (page 67).
Their journey to joy continued when her daughter (the one who couldn’t feel pain) lay in agony from crushing headaches. When brain surgery was the only option. When they faced losing their home due to massive medical bills.
And the journey continues today.
What about you? Do you consider it joy when you face trials? Is there a verse or song that has transformed your outlook on life?