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  • Writer's pictureStacy Malone

The calm after the storm

If you attended the RSVP conference, then you already know Joy Williams shared a very personal, and extremely powerful testimony. I can tell you, there wasn’t a dry eye anywhere in that sanctuary. The strength and courage it took for her to share with a group of strangers was so intensely….moving. Inspiring. I’m not sure I can even find the right word for it. So thank you, Joy, for sharing your heart!

The faith and trust Joy has in Jesus after enduring the tragedy of losing her son, Noah, is incredible. Hearing her testimony, feeling her pain as she shared it through her own tears, moved us all in a powerful way.

When we are in the middle of a storm, all we can see is the darkness surrounding us. But after the sun comes out, things can become more clear.

This is exactly what happened with Joy. Little pieces of information about those final moments of Noah's life came to her from the most random places, letting her know that her son was not alone when the accident happened.

Jesus had been with him.

He walked before him and beside him the entire time. How comforting, as a mother, that was for her.

Joy shared also that she had come to understand, that through God's divine appointment, each person who was a part of that final chapter in Noah's story, were divinely connected and that no other logical reason could account for how it all pieced together. She was comforted knowing, that for some reason unknown to any of us, God's will was being carried out, and because of the loss of her son, so many of his friends came to know Jesus, because of Noah. By enduring the pain of losing her only son, her faith and trust in God has been strengthened immeasurably.

What you need to know is this: Jesus Overcomes Your _________ Fill in the blank. Your pain. Your fears. Your anxiety. Your depression. Your everything. Stay strong in your faith. No matter what storm you are passing through, Jesus WILL walk with you through it, and he will help you overcome it.

Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me.

Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me. - Psalm 23:4

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