Ecclesiastes 3: Weep and Laugh; Mourn and Dance

Monday, February 5, 2018

"A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance." Ecclesiastes 3:4 KJV
We've all had seasons in life that made us laugh. Those mountaintop moments that leave us refreshed and feeling ready to take on everything. The times where joy overflows and we can no longer keep the joy inside us - so we laugh.

Similarly, we've also had seasons that made us weep. These are the valleys of life that sometimes leave us hopeless, ready to crumble at the mere sight of anything. And when the sadness overflows inside of us, we cry, letting the sadness out through our tears.

The second part of the verse shows where these two things lead - one to dancing and one to mourning.

When we laugh and are full of joy, the natural response for us is to dance. Now, I'm a dancer so this resonates with me - when I'm happy and excited about something, I love to dance and praise the Lord! David is a more famous example of someone in the Bible who danced (2 Samuel 6:14; see boys can dance too :P), and in the Psalms he talks about dancing to praise the Lord (Psalms 149:3; 150:4).

When we weep and are full of sadness, we mourn. Now mourning is a little bit different than crying. In the Bible it's used a lot to refer to the death of someone, so generally it is a deeper sadness than just crying by itself would be. The first time the word mourn is used in the Bible is in reference to Sarah's death in Genesis 23:2.

And it's okay to cry. It's okay to mourn. There are times where we need to acknowledge our sadness and not ignore it.

As we've read in our passage today; there are seasons for all these things. Here on earth, there will always be a time to cry and mourn because of our fallen state.

But one day, when we get to heaven, there will no longer be a time to cry.
"And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no ore death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away." ~Revelation 21:4 KJV
I'm looking forward to that day; are you?

"... weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning." ~Psalms 30:5b KJV 

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