Joy and Grief Mingle, at Least Here
I long for the day when grief no longer taints joy.
Our most joyful days on earth are tainted. Pain, fear, grief mingle and mix with our joy.
Day I accepted Jesus as my Savior…Joy of forgiveness of sins, pure love from heaven washed the fear of hell away. Yet knowing some would still choose hell over grace and mercy caused grief.
Graduating High School…The joy of accomplishment, the fear of what is next, the grief of friends lost during the journey.
Wedding Day…Joy, excitement, my man, my soul-mate, my life-partner mix with the sadness of leaving my family to cleave to my husband. The joy of making our own way entangled with the fear of leaving all I have known.
Birth of children…Incredible joy, love, and excitement. Mixed with PAIN in the process, fear of failure, and for some grief due to illness or tragedy.
Is the grief, pain, and fear in the joy a reminder for us? Is it God’s loving way to remind us Earth is not our home?
It points to what is not, but what “should be.” Does the pointing mean there is more? Does it mean that at some point the “should be” is what will be?
I believe that the answer is yes. I long and wait in fear and joyful expectation for that day. That DAY when:
“‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” Revelation 21:4
Oh that I would allow those painful, fearful, grieving, joyful moments to turn my heart and mind to His return. That I would wait in hopeful expectation of that day –
when joy and grief no longer cling;
when tears, mourning, death, and pain are no more.
Oh what a day that will be!