I’m not going to lie to you–the world is a scary place right now. Between Russia, ISIS, North Korea and the U.S. government there is a lot to be weary of. The thought of nuclear war or sending troops into battle makes me uncomfortable, but that’s a strong possibility. I’ve never been a fan of violence and the fear of the unknown is crippling. So in the thick of international turmoil and the threat of my cushy (let’s be honest) American life being changed on the cusp of my adulthood, I must find my joy in things other than my safety. I like to think of Paul, who has been in prison, been flogged, received lashes from the Jews, beaten with rods, pelted with stones, shipwrecked, in danger for his ministry from all kinds of people, and been exposed to death again and again (2 Corinthians 11:23-27) as my example of joy in the hard times. After all, if anyone knows hard times it’s Paul. Why, in the midst of uncertainty, can’t I be joyful as well?
I came across this verse and thought it summed up this anxiety perfectly, “You have filled my heart with greater joy,” (Psalm 4:7). No matter what happens in life, Christ’s joy is enough. In the face of death, we can know joy because we know that Jesus is waiting for us wholly and perfectly on the other side for all of eternity. When I think about my fears of this world in that way, they suddenly turn grey in the face of my savior.
Holly Hoehner is a public relations senior at the University of Oklahoma. She considers herself more of a Russell Westbrook than a Kevin Durant and enjoys learning about and participating in the digital age, blogging about anything that comes to her mind and creating witty Instagram captions. Holly was raised a die-hard Sooner fan in Edmond, OK.