It sneaks up on me. Just like you..I would rather not feel sad. It takes energy to truly experience sorrow in this life..emotional energy and physical energy. Grief and sorrow are related..we are often sad because grief is coming to the surface. Losses that we wish we never had to face..disappointment forces us to face emotions that we would rather bury. Emotional health is dependent upon allowing those feelings to come to the surface.
Our culture says “Put on a happy face.. hide your sorrows..bury your pain..take an anti-depressant.” Did you know that grief experts believer ovee 70% of those struggling with depression have unresolved grief? It is an epidemic. Especially right now. How many of us are losing homes, jobs, savings? Not to mention that a whole generation is dying off. The baby boomers are all losing their parents. We are facing our own mortality in a greater way. We are grieving the loss of our youth. For those of us who once believed anyone over 30 was old..this is a difficult reality to face.
Life is not easy. Loss is difficult. Being honest is challenging. Unfortunately the church doesn’t deal well with emotional issues. We tend to over-spiritualize everything. We use scripture as a band-aid over an open wound. God’s people hurt in the same way as everyone else. Believers feel pain and grapple with sorrow and loss just like everyone else. Our hearts break in the same way as hearts are breaking all over the world. Our salvation is in knowing that God sees.. He knows..He feels..He understands..He is with us in the midst of it..He is the comforter and the healer.
“The Lord hears His people when they call to Him for help. He rescues them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; He rescues those whose spirits are crushed. The righteous person faces many troubles, but the Lord comes to the rescue each time.”