Seeing past the sadness

By Faith Magbanua, September 06, 2018 16:09 PM

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"Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number: he calleth them all by names by the greatness of his might, for that he is strong in power; not one faileth."

Isaiah 40:26

Have you ever felt so helpless where you cry yourself to sleep?

That feeling though we may want to deny it at times, is called sadness.  A feeling that can be fleeting but somehow, it still lingers into our body.

What is sadness and why do people become sad?

Sadness is one of the "six basic emotions" described by Paul Ekman, along with happiness, anger, surprise, fear and disgust.

Furthermore, sadness is an emotional pain associated with, or characterized by feelings of disadvantage, loss, despair, helplessness, disappointment and sorrow. An individual experiencing sadness may become quiet or lethargic, and withdraw themselves from others

In addition, according to Carl Jung, we have to experience sadness to know and to appreciate our happiness.

"The word 'happiness' would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness"

However, what does God say about this?

A lot of things to be honest. If we are going to study the Bible, there are a lot of examples on how to deal with our sadness and one thing hit my mind:

For us to be able to heal, we need to see past our sad experiences. 

It may sound difficult but if we just fix our eyes to Jesus, then everything will feel a little balanced and more peaceful too.

If we only hold on to what this world has to offer, we may not see past the grace of God. But if we continue to study His words, we create a stronger bond that can help us when we need someone to talk to.

Hebrews 12:2

Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

 

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