Recently, while worrying (i.e. failing to trust God), I read John 16.
Jesus is talking to the disciples about the sorrow they'll feel when He dies, but He encourages them they'll again rejoice....and here's where my aha moment came:
He says "no one will take away your joy."
No one can take away the joy of knowing the Risen Jesus because it's a joy that isn't dependent on people or circumstances. It's a joy dependent on Jesus alone. If we lose it, then we've given it away...it hasn't been taken from us.
Nothing about Jesus can make us sad or lonely or forgotten or misunderstood or unfairly judged or hopeless.
No one can take away our joy in Jesus.
Jesus knows us and our circumstances and He knows exactly what we need to hear.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take ♥! I have overcome the world.” Jesus (John 16:33)