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Joy and Sorrow Walk Hand in Hand

Posted by appolus on December 14, 2014

Jesus was a man acquainted with sorrows. It is not a part that we as Christians like to dwell on too often but there it is. When we are physically attacked, we at the very least, throw up our hands to protect ourselves. Yet when our heart is open, as it must be to walk with and serve the Lord, then it is utterly vulnerable to attack. It is so tempting to allow our hearts to begin to close down, it is even a knee jerk reaction to hurt and pain that comes and comes and comes again. I have cried out to the Lord so many times to fill my heart again, even when I had not the slightest desire. This is the Word of God doing it’s work, when our own love fails, when we come to the end of our emotions, when anger and bitterness and melancholy seek to drown us or perhaps apathy sweeps down like an avalanche to try to cover everything up, then we cry out to God for what we know is right and we wait.

For those who wait upon the Lord, for those who have grown weary or tired and faint, suddenly the presence of God lifts us and carries us beyond and above, high above the cares and pain of this world. He makes us lie down for a while in green pastures, He leads and guides us and comforts us. He feeds our hearts and waters our thirsty souls. He prepares a table before us right there in the midst of our circumstances and we are strengthened to carry on. Every time we walk through the fire or the flood and walk out the other side there is a growing realization  that surely goodness and mercy has followed us and will follow us all the days of our lives. This is the joy of knowing Him on this all to often painful journey. We persevere and overcome because our hand is outstretched to His and that outstretched hand reaches high into the heavens and finds itself before the throne of mercy and grace.

2 Responses to “Joy and Sorrow Walk Hand in Hand”

  1. Nora said

    Thank you so much for this post appolus! I first read a post of yours 3 years ago when my fiance suddenly and unexpectedly split up with me 2 weeks before our wedding date. I was left as a single mom with a very traumatized 5 year old daughter. I truly did not feel that I was going to make it through okay. During that time, I read a post of yours and it really uplifted me. I have continued to get your posts and have greatly benefited from them. I can attest to the fact that if we give God time and our circumstances, we WILL eventually overcome all our sorrows. He will lift us above our heartache and give us a new and wonderful perspective. I now am able to look at my walk with God as a big adventure – an adventure that might take me to dark and foreboding places, but He is with me every step of the way and where He is leading is a place of victory and incredible joy that could never have been fully experienced without having known the sorrow and pain. Step into the adventure every day with joyful anticipation! God DOES have great things in store and His goodness and mercy will pursue us all the days of our lives and afterwards we will live with Him forever. This promise can NEVER be taken away. Praise God. Have a blessed and beautiful day!

    • appolus said

      Hi Nora. Thank you for taking the time to write this. It is very encouraging to hear posts like this. And of course you are exactly right, this is a grand adventure and every venture has twists and turns and good days and bad days and days that it seems like we will not survive and days that we feel like all things are possible. And of course it is not just days, it is seasons. Yet even in the darkest seasons we have the Word of God and His promises to hold on to, some times just cling to with our very fingertips. Thank you again for your comments, others will be encouraged by your words as well and I am so glad you came through this very dark time and came out the other side. All praise to Jesus…………………………..bro Frank

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