It wasn't the fact alone that she smiled.
It wasn't the the way she laughed.
It wasn't the words she said
It wasn't her
It was the fact that she could smile
It was why she was laughing
It was what she didn't say
The fact that in such a difficult trial, instead of showing a face of sadness and pain, her face radiated with joy.
The fact that in such pain, her laughter still came from the heart.
The fact that she wasn't complaining about what she was going through, but speaking praise to God.
It was Christ shining through her
That's what stands out.
That's what shining the light of Christ looks like.
Matthew 5:16, "Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven."
James 1:2-4, "Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. "
We all go through trials.
But it's very rare to find joy in trials... but it's what we are called to do. And when we do...we shine a light greater than any light there is.