Is there something you can never stop getting enough of because it’s so good! It reminds me when the holidays roll around and family all gets together. And my family loves to bake! it becomes a contest between who can either eat the most and who will get diabetes first. There are all assorted types of baked goods from cakes, pies, chips, fruits, Jell-Os’ and my favorite-Christmas cookies. Everything is so delicious and I try to eat a little of everything and then have a little more later. But that all changes if one thing is brought to the table-cheesecake with strawberries. If the cheesecake shows up I will only eat that for dessert because that truly satisfies me more than all the cookies or pies at the table ever could.
I use this analogy to explain to you and remind me the difference how laughter and sorrow has helped relieve emotional stress and seek happiness and peace.
Scripture in Ecclesiastes chapter 7: 3-4 says Sorrow is better than laughter, for by a sad countenance the heart is made better. 4 The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning, but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth.
Ecclesiastes reminded me both of when I had laughed and loved when winning our family cookie eating contests and didn’t pass out, but most especially had a good cry, like a really good piece of strawberry cheesecake. During that cry, that time of mourning I was my true self, I was vulnerable, selfless and true to God and He heard me. All the times I had laughed hard with friends, movie showings, Internet pictures and videos, and while the list of baked goods goes on it could never trump an emotional pour out to God. A moment when everyone knows we need to be alone and cry at one time in our life. Even if it’s just a couple tears, it must mean something in that moment, right…don’t suppress that emotion-acknowledge it in your heart.