Twice recently, in the midst of receiving a shock, I found myself both trembling and smiling – as though pain and joy were there instantly – simultaneously. I didn’t understand.

What place did a smile have in this news? Why was I smiling?

It was clearly a smile, and I felt it throughout my body. I knew it was real. It just made no sense. What followed the news was painful – lessons and healing. Ouch.

Today, I asked to understand the smile, cause it just happened again. I’m actually in the middle of it as I write this. The answer was beautiful.

Spirit told me that the smile was grace – a strong reminder of God’s presence. God put the smile there to remember Him. And so remember the way through and beyond the pain.

Thank you.