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  May 25, 2016:  Is God disappointed in me for feeling sad?
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  Eccl 3:4 ďÖa time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to danceĒ

Itís been just over a week since I had major surgery, and the recovery process isnít going as quickly or as smoothly as I had hoped. Yesterday was a tough day, and I spent the entire day sad, weepy, and just generally feeling miserable. Much of that can be explained by the surgery itself, the aftermath of anesthesia, some ongoing pain, and the side effects of pain medication.

When you add in the weakness and frustration of not being able to do what I usually do and not sleeping well, you have the perfect equation for a case of the mulligrubs. And I had them in force. Iím usually upbeat and cheerful and able to see the humor in almost anything. Not yesterday.

Although nothing is drastically different today, Iím feeling better and asking myself why I was feeling so sad yesterday. The change in how I feel also brought to mind the question, ďIs God disappointed in me when Iím sad?Ē If I know the Lord, shouldnít I be cheerful and full of joy regardless of my circumstances?

Before I answer that, I want to stress that I'm not suggesting you and I are justified in walking around lamenting our circumstances, wringing our hands and complaining. Nor am I suggesting itís ok to sing an endless rendition of ďGloom, Despair, and Agony on Me.Ē

Having said that, I need to add that some days just ďsuck swamp water!Ē I mean some days are just tough and, no matter how much you love the Lord, those days arenít going to be five-star banner days.

You lose your job, the biopsy is positive, you bury your soul mate, or your spouse tells you about his affair and that heís leaving. And thatís just a random sampling of things that can go wrong on any given day. You probably have a list of your own. Those circumstances are heartrending enough by themselves without adding in the totally false concept that God is disappointed in you for being sad.

Ecclesiastes 3:1 tells us ďthere is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven..." Verse four of that same chapter tells us thereís a time to cry and mourn as surely as there is a time laugh and to rejoice. Lifeís seasons come and go according to Godís plan, and our job is to accept where we are at any given time and to learn the lessons to be had there.

I canít think of one time when Jesus berated someone for their tears. In fact, Scripture tells us that God knows our frame and remembers that ďwe are dust.Ē (
Psalm 103:14). He knows that we are ďbruised reedsĒ and has promised He will not break that bruised reed. And as for the tears? The day will come when He will ďwipe away ever tear.Ē (Rev 21:4)

Iím thankful that I have a Savior who understands my tears even when I donít and who wants me to just be myself, whether Iím happy or sad. In "Shade of His Hand," Oswald Chambers says, "When you are joyful, be joyful; when you are sad, be sad. If God has given you a sweet cup, donít make it bitter; and if He has given you a bitter cup, donít try and make it sweet; take things as they come."

Challenge for Today: What might happen if we, just for today, accepted that we are sometimes going to be sad and determined to ďtake things as they come?Ē
 
 
 
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