I noticed an incident the other day that occurred with the kids of some friends of mine. One child had fallen down, and true to form, was bawling loudly. One of her sisters was utterly oblivious, and carried on outside playing happily. No worries, mum’s taking care of it.
The need to comfort did not weigh heavily as a responsibility on that child. She was aware of more comforters available to help, and so her sister’s distress did not disturb her joy. That’s not to say she wouldn’t sometimes get involved and comfort her distressed sister. But she was not driven by the need and she did not carry an obligation to be sad for everybody.
Peaceful joy is such an amazing gift, particularly in a world that is full of overwhelming suffering.
“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. There is more than enough room in my Father’s home.” John chapter 14v1-2
“I am leaving you with a gift – peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” John 14v27