Sorrow is better than laughter, because a sad face is good for the heart. Ecclesiastes 7:3
This seems a strange verse to use for Thought for the Week and an even stranger one to use for the front page of a website! Yet sometimes it's the unusual that catches our attention.
How can sadness be good for the heart? How can sorrow be better than laughter?
I suppose it depends on what we are laughing about doesn't it?
Life can be lived at all different levels. There are those who live only for today without thinking that the choices of today will affect their tomorrows. There are those who never get round to doing something about anything and they'll still be the same in 10 years time. There are those who spend their life worrying and there are those who just treat everything lightly and appear almost frivolous often leaving a trail of disaster or unhappiness behind them.
Sorrow often causes us to lean more heavily on God. It reveals unknown depths within us as we are forced to become more reliant on God than on our own strengths. It stops us living thoughtlessly or frivolously. It stops us living a shallow life. Instead sadness plumbs the depths within us, finding new abilities to depend on God therefore obtaining new resources and power in our lives.
During our time of sorrow we are often confused, upset and don't understand what God is doing but in later years we can look back with understanding and appreciate the changes that have come within us as a result of our sad times.
Whatever you're going through at the moment let us seek that our lives will not be shallow, worthless or meandering aimlessly as we try to serve God. Let God use your circumstances to plough your soul that there may be a richer harvest.