Sorrow turned to Joy

Darby has our family doing every other day workouts. I have heard that there is now something called the "Quarantine Fifteen", and Darby is not content to see her family members, especially Dad and Zeke, get flabby. So she has us run and then do a bodyweight workout on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays.

There is a side benefit to this working out. I get to see my second graders as I run through town, some who live in Mellette and others who are in for other reasons. It's nice as our time together was suddenly and now completely cut off for the year.

I think all of us are feeling that to a certain extent. When will I see others again? Whether it's family, friends, co-workers, the coffee crowd, whatever. The indefinite time period of being apart fills us with a touch of sadness and wonder.

Jesus disciples were going through this in John 16:16-18. Jesus had been telling them that in a little while they would no longer see Him, and that He was going to the Father. In verse 18 they said, "What does he mean by 'a little while'?"

Our weekly updates from our governor do the same thing for us I think. This week we were informed that the school year is officially to be completed at home. They keep changing "peak" dates. And it seems like they keep cancelling things further and further out.

Jesus knows what we are going through, because He knew what the disciples were thinking according to verse 19. He then tells them that will "weep and lament" when when He leaves, but "your sorrow will turn into joy". While they will weep and lament at His death, upon His resurrection they will rejoice.

And here is the best promise Jesus gives in this...

"So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you." --John 16:22

This is Jesus telling them of life for them after the resurrection, but I would also say that it is a picture of the day that we wait and long for...the day of Christ's return. We are promised that one day He will return to take those who believe in Him to be with Him forever! And when we see Him our hearts will rejoice and no one will ever take that joy from us!

But now we wait for His coming again. We watch and long for that day, just as we wait for the day we can be reunited with family and friends here on earth.

Now I'm going to see if my sore legs will let me get out of this chair...


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