I was reading a devotional called, “Streams in the Desert”, shared by Mrs. Charles Cowman, and it is in the Public Domain if you should like to read and share it. You can find it here: http://www.youdevotion.com/streams/january/20
Sorrow is better than laughter, because sober reflection is good for the heart.—Eccl 7:3 NET
I have experienced a lot of sorrow in this life, but I never really thought of it as a ‘sober reflection that was good for the heart’.
Sorrow over hurt, disability, and death, can make us grieve and wish for health and life, but it is also a sober reflection that our bodies experience pain, they die, and are not invincible. We can help and comfort others, with the help and comfort we received, and understand their hurts and pains too.
I know that all things work together for good to those who love God, who are called according to His purpose. These sorrowful things can be God’s building blocks to a stronger faith, one that makes us have a ‘servant’s heart’.
We love, because He first loved us.
From Streams in the Desert:
Sorrow makes us go slower and more considerately, and introspect our motives and dispositions. It is sorrow that opens up within us the capacities of the heavenly life, and it is sorrow that makes us willing to launch our capacities on a boundless sea of service for God and our fellows.
Sorrow opens up areas of our lives that we never knew existed. With God’s help, we can let God use these experiences to promote good things. They can expose the gems that are hidden below the surface.
Dear Lord, thank You for sorrow. On this earth we are bound to experience it, so help us to use even this ‘sorrow’ for good. Help us to bend and not to break under the pressure of it all, with Your help. Some things are too hard to bear, but You have provided a way of escape, and You are a refuge and solid rock for us to hide in. Give us the full armor to withstand the fiery darts of the evil one. Help us to stand courageously for You. In Jesus’s Name, Amen.