Five minutes later I was completely frustrated.
When I pulled into the parking lot, I was squinting because the rain stopped and the sun was coming directly through the windshield. I didn't have a hand free to grab my sunglasses, so I just squinted until I was parked. While I handled my business the heavens opened up again and water poured from the sky. It wasn't just raining cats and dogs, it was more like lions and wolves or something like that. Even the overhang I was parked beneath wasn't enough to keep the water from splashing in my open window.
I finished my business and pulled out, bracing for the storm once more. In the five minute drive back to my house we went through the entire array of weather again.
This is where joy comes in, I think. Joy, unlike happiness and sadness, is not dependent upon our circumstances. Joy is a state of being. When we rest in the Lord, confident that He is taking care of us, knowing that in the end things will work for His glory, we find contentment and peace that are the hallmarks of joy.
Consider it great joy, my brother, whenever you experience various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. James 1:2,3
How do you hold on to joy when the weather of life can't decide what to be?