Lately, I have been facing a lot of chronic pain…especially at night. I don’t talk about the pain I experience, for pity or complaint; but I talk about the pain; that Christ may be seen and magnified through it all.
One thing I’ve come to see through pain; is that these moments can bring about new growth and cause us to gain strength, while always teaching us to lean on a strong and powerful God…that is, if we desire that in our lives.
In Ecclesiastes 7:3, we read… “Sorrow is better than laughter: for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better.” When I first read this verse, I actually was a little confused because I thought to myself… “How could sorrow be better than laughter?” It took me some time to truly understand this verse; but as I began to see God work through the pain…He also began to piece this verse together…deep within my heart and it was through the difficult moments of pain; that I began to see how I could find myself closer to God.
Yesterday morning, I got up…after very little sleep. In fact, the last two nights before that; I spent some of my night sleeping upright. One thing I’ve come to see…through difficult moments such as these; is that Satan is at work…attempting to take us out of commission with God…and the only way we can make him defeated; is to keep pressing on.
As I sat on the edge of my bed…thinking about all that awaited me…God was there…for He began to work with my spirit, while encouraging me to take the day one minute at a time. I’ll be honest…there were a few times, when I wanted to just quit; but right at the moment, when I felt the desire to quit; that is when I felt God’s strength kick into overdrive.
Over time, I have truly come to see how sorrow, pain and heartache can make the heart better; for these are the moments, when we learn to lean fully on God, while letting Him walk us through the trials that just seem to be so overbearing.
No matter what you’re facing…let these difficult moments allow you to experience a powerful God at work within your life. In the end…you will truly come to see…just like me; how “sorrow can be better than laughter.”