Saturday, September 17, 2011
Tears of Joy
Have you ever expirienced a time where you are crying because you are happy. A time that something marvelous has happened to you. Maybe you have graduated college. Maybe you heard a song on your radio that brings back a wonderful memory, a special reminder. Or it may be that you are getting married.
What ever the case, we can always recall what it feels like. A joy so intense, with waves of many emotions rolling over us. Culminating in a moment, a brief moment in time. It was St.Therese of Lisieux who said "Life is a moment between two eternities." Even after that moment has past. Even after the tears of joy are gone and we return from the cloud that we have been put on, we can still remember. For even those tears help slate that moment in infamy.
I write this because I believe that there are many things we can have those tears of joy for, that get over looked. In this fast world we live in, we zoom by things at blazing speeds. In moments of joy and celebration, they past by like a passing fancy. Is it because we don't want the bad memories, that the smallest of good ones get over looked?
A mother seeing her child take the first steps, a dad taking his son or daughter fishing. watching as they try to cast the line into the water, doing so much more than just fishing. Watching a child grow up, from tumbling over their feet, to tumbling over to high school, to college. What do we feel when say a young woman grows up and looks at all she has accomplished while keeping herself a temple of the Lord? That after everything she can stand on those shifting sands a triumph of life. Is it to out of reach? I say no. Because I have seen those tears of joy.
I often wonder what I would do if I was at the place where Jesus died. I would certainly not deserve to be there for sure. But when I see the sky darken, when I see him take his last breath, the last breath for our salvation, you I cry sad tears? I would cry those most wonderful tears of joy, for I have been ransomed. I am not my own. 1 Corinthians 6:20 "For you are brought with a great price. Glorify and bear God in your body."
Each day there is potential for us to be filled with joy. Each day when we rise we have another chance for a ever lasting memory. When you come home from school. When you are around with friends, catching up smiling, trading stories, it is those times that are joyful, that we should take an even greater breath in. When a couple is with friends, talking about life the universe and everything around a camp fire, let each take it in extra for those memories allows us to be closer, to love one another more like Christ. We each have our own battles, and when we get a victory it is cause for marvelous joy. Know that in Christ we have won our biggest battle.
When we take those extra seconds out of our day, amongst the toil amongst the daily dirt. We can look and see what we have that make those joyful tears possible. what would make us look forward to shedding tears that cause no frowns.