The Tension between Joy and Sorrow

FullSizeRender 4The older I get (I looked in the mirror last week and didn’t recognize the old man looking back at me.  It’s sad.) and the more I experience life, the more the joy and the sorrow tracts resonate with me.  A few months ago, Jennifer shared this in her message, When Life Throws You A Curve Ball, and she picked up the idea from Kay Warren’s book, Choose Joy.  It is so true.  There are two tracts in our lives running parallel to each other…the joy tract and the sorrow tract.

This past weekend was a great example of the two tracts.  Our kids had a blast on the Fall Retreat and grew closer to Jesus and each other.  There was no place we would rather them be.  They are blessed to have great student pastors, small groups leaders and volunteers. Several high school and middle school students committed their lives to Jesus.  PRAISE GOD!

FullSizeRenderJennifer and I had the opportunity to participate in a Mike and Kim Dawson’s wedding vows renewal on the beautiful Cumberland Island.  We took a ferry to island, saw wild horses and shared in this special moment with the Dawson family and friends.  We also stayed in a cute, little bed and breakfast and got to spend some time Saturday night with our good friends, Brian and Christy Gilbert.  It was a great weekend in St. Mary’s, Georgia.

IMG_4740Life is good. The joy tract is full steam ahead.  And over the same weekend, we hear the news of a horrific terror attack in Paris.  A 120+ innocent people tragically lost their lives.  Hundreds more were injured.  Many kids became orphans. It’s just pure evil and really hard for us to wrap our brains around.  How can people do such horrific crimes in the name of religion?  It’s just ludicrous and hard to believe.

And so my heart, like yours, has been heavy over this past week.  I will actually be addressing all of this on Sunday at Graystone  I will be sharing about Paris, terror attacks, how it relates to the end times and how we, as Christians, should think and respond to all this.  It is a bit overwhelming, but God gives us clear direction in His word.  It’s amazing that James 5:7-11 is our scheduled passage for Sunday, and it speaks directly to all that we are going through.

So, life is lived with the tension between the joy tract and the sorrow tract.  Our lives are constantly on both.  We celebrate all the great things that God is doing in our lives while at the same time, “we cry with those who cry and mourn with those who mourn”.  As Paul McCrea prayed this morning during our weekly corporate Graystone prayer time, “God is on His throne…”.    God is Sovereign.  God is in control.  And we will trust in Him.

Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.” Psalm 20:7

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Wild Horses on Cumberland Island

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