There are two kinds of sorrow. One sorrow will lead us away
from the source of our pain into a place of isolation. The other sorrow will lead
us toward the source of our pain to embrace its presence in a fellowship of
suffering with Christ.
The sorrow that leads us away is fueled by a false hope
that by increasing the distance from its source we will somehow ease our pain.
Distance is never a healer. The other kind of sorrow – the God-directed kind of
sorrow – leads us back to embrace the object of our sorrow to explore its cause
and effect and offer our response to God for His healing touch.
In times of sorrow we begin to explore the reasons why we
feel the way we do in its presence. In
this exploration we begin to discover where our hope was misplaced in the trauma. In this place of renewed insight we begin to
take steps to lift our sorrow from the traumatic ruts of life and place it at
the feet of God. In this repositioned
place our sorrow will become, over time, a place of joy.