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bucket full of sorrows

This morning I was thinking about a wide ranging host of joyous emotions as well as excruciating heartaches that I have experienced—the last few years in particular. 

The heartaches being the majority.  

There haven’t been near the mountain top experiences I had once tasted as a younger man.  I was a proud father at twenty, a hip youth pastor at twenty-one, and then I went on to do pretty good in the dog eat dog world of business over the next decade—all for a guy who didn’t have much more than a high school diploma.

You know what though?  My greatest moments haven’t come on the mountain top.  It’s been in my valleys that I have discovered who God is and who he says I am.  Those gloomy days that turned into months have been my defining moments—the moments that have marked me for a life time.

I will be forty in a couple months.  You could say I have a lot of living left to do, and that just may very well be true.  One never does know how much time remains on his or her clock.  But no matter how much more time the good Lord gives me, I can say this with all confidence—he’s going to be there with me.

 14 I became the laughingstock of all my people;
       they mock me in song all day long.

 15 He has filled me with bitter herbs
       and sated me with gall.

 16 He has broken my teeth with gravel;
       he has trampled me in the dust.

 17 I have been deprived of peace;
       I have forgotten what prosperity is.

 18 So I say, “My splendor is gone
       and all that I had hoped from the LORD.”

 19 I remember my affliction and my wandering,
       the bitterness and the gall.

 20 I well remember them,
       and my soul is downcast within me.

 21 Yet this I call to mind
       and therefore I have hope:

 22 Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed,
       for his compassions never fail.

 23 They are new every morning;
       great is your faithfulness.

 24 I say to myself, “The LORD is my portion;
       therefore I will wait for him.”

 25 The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him,
       to the one who seeks him;

 26 it is good to wait quietly
       for the salvation of the LORD.

   -Lamentations 3:14-26

Take heart. 

God’s mercy is abundant. 

You too might find your happiness in a bucket full of sorrows.

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  1. Lori Johns
    October 10, 2008 at 6:47 pm

    I have found in my own life that sometimes it takes the pain and sorrow to bring the peace.

  2. Ian
    October 14, 2008 at 9:45 pm

    Much wisdom in these reflections, for which I am grateful. Your posts consistently point your readers to Christ. They encourage me immensely.

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