In her book Writing in the Margins, Lisa Nichols Hickman shares a quote from Virginia Woolf:
The beauty of the world…has two edges, one of laughter, one of anguish.
She suggests perhaps this is why we open our Bibles, to meet this reality of life. I’ve spent a lot of time with four passages offered by Lisa Nichols Hickman as ways to explore the relationship between joy and pain in God’s world.
There’s no doubt, studying the Bible precludes a person from expecting a world free of trouble. What wisdom have I gained from these passages? Joy breaks through anyway; there are blessings in the midst of some of life’s worst experiences; life is a gift and God is faithful; hard though it may be, peace can be found in trusting God’s perfect timing.