THOUGHT: SORROW-A GREAT BENEFIT LESS COVETED
is better than laughter: for by the sadness of the countenance
the heart is made better. The heart of the wise is in the
house of mourning; but the heart of fools is in the house
of mirth. Ecclesiastes 7:3&4
month's precious thought turns our minds to sorrow-something
we're reluctant to even think about. It seems that Danniebelle
knew the secret of having it better in sorrow. She could
honestly say in one of her letters that she was the happiest
that she had ever been, though it was during her illness
and in a time when most people would have been depressed.
But she found joy.
it's in the realm of physical nutrition or spiritual condition,
we tend to want and even like what's not good for us. We
tend to resist what's best. Thank God that He chooses for
us because He gives us a balance that always tips the scales
in our favor. Thank God for sorrow because there's a benefit
in it that we would deny ourselves. Sorrow is a reason that
we rejoice-what a Precious Thought!
I long for times of merriment, I must confess That I have
learned more of His love through times of brokenness.
Through seasons of great sadness, though I'm quick to seek
relief; I've learned more of His power in the darkest times
when the Shepherd stands at sorrows door and beckons me;
My destiny's determined by what my next step will be:
can lag behind and linger there and choose to wallow; Or
else I can deny myself, take up my cross and follow.
Ironically, if I obey, then I'll find joy unknown; But I'll
find only misery if I go on my own.
by PameLa Bates © 1998 Pretty Personal Poetry