Truly, truly. I say to you, you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice. You will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn into joy.

John 16: 20

 

There is an inevitable truth to the fact that there will be sorrow in this life. Little things will go wrong and very big things will, too; we will lose friends, loves, jobs, health, and security; we will be disappointed by others and by ourselves; and that deep and pervasive emotion that we call sorrow will fill the heart. The events and situations that bring on these feelings often seem so utterly unfair, unreasonable, and are beyond understanding; still, they are real, tangible, and incredibly hard to cope with.

 

However, sorrow can serve as a force to drive us to seek answers; it is an emotion that is so powerful and that consumes so much of our strength that it demands resolution. People can not live in a state of constant sorrow, for our minds and our hearts can’t sustain that intense a negative emotion and continue to function for very long. God will use the events that bring it on as a means of drawing us closer to Him, and He thus moves us away from being focused on the loss and on ourselves to seeing His perfect will and loving involvement in all aspects of life.

 

God’s word, will and way ease all pain and sooth all forms of sorrow; when we turn from focusing on ourselves to looking toward Him and sincerely seek His loving relief for our hurts, Christ will turn the deepest sorrows into the most lasting of all joy.