When C.S. Lewis described his conversion, he said that he was “surprised by joy”. In fact, every conversion to Christ is exactly that. This is because we receive the Holy Spirit at the point of conversion. He gives us such joy that overwhelms all of our distresses. Even though at this time we have received but a firstfruit of what is to come, that initial taste of the goodness of God is overwhelming and overpowering. Joy is the inheritance of every child of God.