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Monday, January 28, 2013

Joy: A Short, Sad Season of Sanborn

Joy: A Short, Sad Season of Sanborn
Looking back now, it was OK. I needed to mourn for a season. God has a way of coming to people who are broken. Over the next several months he began to heal me and come close to me in some really great ways.

He’s very good at that! He can do it for you too! The problems in life can push us closer to God or farther away from God. It’s our choice.




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Joy: A Short, Sad Season of Sanborn


By Evan Nehring


When I was 24, I went through a depression that dogged me for months. I remember an overcast day when it rained in such a way that I thought it was never going to stop. That’s one of the tough things about despair, is that you sometimes can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel. Day after day, week after week, I went to work to be there for people, and then went home and felt 10,000 pounds come to rest on my spirit. I played a mournful David Sanborn jazz CD to resonate with the pain inside me.
 
Joy: A Short, Sad Season of Sanborn
 
Looking back now, it was OK. I needed to mourn for a season. God has a way of coming to people who are broken. Over the next several months he began to heal me and come close to me in some really great ways.
 
He’s very good at that! He can do it for you too! The problems in life can push us closer to God or farther away from God. It’s our choice.
 
You did it: you changed wild lament
into whirling dance;
You ripped off my black mourning band
and decked me with wildflowers.
I'm about to burst with song;
I can't keep quiet about you.
God, my God,
I can't thank you enough. (Psalm 30:11-12, The Message)

In the well known story of the prodigal son, the long lost son returns home after blowing his entire inheritance on wild living. He had lost it all and found himself longing for pig slop. Surely his father would allow him a place with the family servants back home.
But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him. (Luke 15:20)
 
A party ensued. Dancing ensued. This is the joy that comes with forgiveness! The prodigal son didn’t deserve a party. He didn’t deserve music and dancing! But that’s God’s grace. That’s the same joy that we feel when people make a choice to leave behind their past lives and come into Jesus’ kingdom. The old life is gone, and we can dance!
 
Even through evil, God can bring good. God’s grace is big enough to see you from dancing to mourning, and then back to dancing again!
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