I will not be emphatic on this, but I think I am right:
You cannot truly experience joy without having first known sorrow. For without first experiencing sorrow, you cannot recognize joy.
Perhaps children experience joy, but without the experiences of life their joy is vapid and is soon forgotten. But to the person who has gone through deep waters and many overcast days, the poignant splash of a single sunbeam can warm a heart with joy and give them strength to make it through another day.
I leave you with two applications:
- Don’t blow off other people’s joy, for you do not know the sorrow they went through to experience their joy.
- And for you: don’t give in to despair when going through great sorrow…there is joy waiting on the other side.
The ONE THING for today: Joy, in this life, will always be mixed tears.
Even in laughter the heart may sorrow,
And the end of mirth may be grief. (Proverbs 14:13, NKJV)