One of my favorite movie scenes is the funeral scene in Steel Magnolias. Sally Fields’ character M’Lynn falls apart once the reality of her daughter’s death begins to sink in. Overcome by grief, she exclaims, “If just wanna hit someone until they feel as bad as I feel!” Then her friend Clairee pushes forward and offers up Ouiser as the unwilling punching bag.

Suddenly a moment that was drenched and despair and sadness becomes flooded with joy and laughter.

It’s one of my favorite movie scenes of all time because I understand that sometimes life will hand you difficulties. There is little we can do to control what comes, but light shines the brightest in dark places.

You smiled today. You laughed today. You admired the beauty of nature today.
Whether great or small, all of those things are God’s way of showing you He is near you.
And even if you don’t feel like laughing today or tomorrow, trust me you will.

Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.

In those moments you find yourself smiling or even laughing at a funny joke, know that it is the joy of the Lord that empowers you to laugh and smile in the midst of your difficulties.

The joy of the Lord is your strength.