A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
Our emotions can take us on a rollercoaster ride throughout our lives. Sometimes they are all over the place and other times we can control them. The thing is each event or circumstance in our life can bring about a different type of emotion.
As humans God gave us emotions that go with different things in our lives. This verse looks specifically at weeping and laughing, mourning and dancing. Let’s think about some times in our lives that we may weep, laugh, mourn, or dance.
We may weep tears of joy or sadness. Weeping can come about because we are broken because of our sin. Sometimes the weeping comes as we see another fall into sin or give up. We are torn apart at the thought of someone we love doing something that breaks the heart of God. When we see people hurting we hurt too and cry with them.
We are told in scriptures to weep with those who weep and rejoice with those who rejoice. Both of those things can bring tears to our eyes. The sad things like the death of a child, spouse or loved one brings such heartache that the tears many times flow freely. The joys of a wedding or the birth of a new baby also brings about tears. The thing is these things when done with a friend are more tolerable and exciting then when you are alone.
Stress in a person’s life can cause them to either laugh or cry. Maybe you are nervous about something coming up and deal with it through laughter or crying. Weeping and laughing are brought about because of the different emotions we have.
Laughing is good medicine. It helps release the endorphins that help us to feel better. Sometimes we are hurting so much that the only thing that can bring about the healing is a good laugh. Maybe a laugh at a memory of the one you lost or the memory of something you did as a child.
Who are you crying and laughing with? Is there someone in your life that is mourning the loss of a loved one, job, or other significant thing? Is there someone you can dance with and rejoice as they celebrate?
Ask God to show you who needs you to come along side on this rollercoaster of life full of emotions.
Father, thank you for emotions. Thank you for the opportunity to cry and laugh, to mourn and dance. Thank you for bringing into our lives people to do these things in celebration and despair. May I see those who You would have me to come alongside and help through the struggles. In Jesus’ Name Amen.