staying steadfast in sadness

It’s ok to feel sad. God gave us emotions; it’s human, its normal. I believe our ability to feel reflects the heart of God. Jesus wept over loss, over confusion, over the heartache he had to face as a man. God is the most compassionate being and you can’t have compassion without feeling.

But sadness…it’s an emotion that is a result of living in a sinful world. Not something God ever intended us to feel.

It can be consuming. Sometimes sadness feels like you’re being swallowed up by a heavy wet blanket and you kind of want to just stay there underneath the weight of it because it’s hard to remember what it felt like without the weight. It’s hard to remember the freedom and movement you felt before the brokenness that caused that heavy, wet blanket to settle on you.

But, over time, if you shine Light and warmth on that wet blanket it starts to dry out. It starts to get lighter, and a little crusty, and you start to peel back the edges and feel the warmth of the Light.

From previous times having to fight the settling of sadness, I find it best to start with getting that heavy wet blanket off my face. It’s suffocating and dark and cold. Look right into the Light. It’s blinding, but oh sooo beautiful, and when you look fully into the Light it blasts away every inch of that heavy wet blanket and you experience a warmth and freedom unlike anything else before.

Then let the Light hit you right in the heart. Where that heavy sadness has settled onto your chest making it hard to breath and move forward. Let the Light shine on that heaviness on your heart and dry out every drop of that wet blanket until it just blows off of you, like a stray piece of trash blowing in a warm breeze at a sunny picnic.

Open up your heart to the Light. It’s not like the heavy and cold blanket you are guarding yourself against. In fact, it’s the exact opposite. It’s life giving and reveals the most precious parts of your heart that you didn’t even know existed! It’s like having a superpower tapping into the creation that you are called to be and waking you up to that reality.

I wish I could stop heavy wet sadness blankets from ever settling onto people. But, I can’t. Shocking…I know.

The reality is, we’ll probably have these blankets laid on us many times over in our lives. Some will be heavier and colder and darker than others.

But, the reality also is that “the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” (John 1:5).

The wet blanket of sadness (that will come), will not kill you. It will not suffocate you. You will come out from underneath it.

The Light drives out the darkness. And the Light is ever shining on you. The Light is a man that gave up his life to obliterate every heavy, dark, suffocating effect of sin.

He loves you. And His love is perfect. He is for you.

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