Happiness equals reality minus expectations
Ah but joy equals reality plus expectations.
When all around reality offers nothing but pain we must realize in Christ we have nothing but gain.
You see brothers and sisters although reality is tough we know if God does anything He does it for a reason, and oh how God loves us in Christ Jesus, but yet there are no mistakes in God's systematic way of operation.
This can mean but one thing and it's beautiful. Reality is really plus our wildest dreams or expectations. God must be so worth this painful process.
John 16.33 Jesus who is God is quoted saying
"I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”