So often when we face difficult things we feel like hiding them away. We put up a front and as the old phrase goes, “put on a happy face.” There is no time for sadness, no time for crying, no time to show signs of not being ok. We are too busy with work, keeping the family going and being there for friends and family in need. I think we are so focused on keeping everything together that we’re not allowing ourselves to have a moment of sorrow. I just want to say, “It’s ok to not be ok.”
Some of us need to be reminded of that. It’s ok to have moments of sadness. It’s ok to be tired, run down, and to need some time for yourself. It’s ok to cry. It’s ok.
We see throughout the bible that sadness is ok. Jesus even had moments of sadness. My favorite is David. Throughout the Psalms we see David struggle and face sorrow. He takes time to embrace that, to acknowledge it but even in the midst of that sadness he puts his focus back on God. He worships God and puts his trust where it belongs.
Here is just one example from Psalm 31 starting in verse 9 and jumping to verse 14;
9 Be merciful to me, Lord, for I am in distress;
my eyes grow weak with sorrow,
my soul and body with grief.
14 But I trust in you, Lord;
I say, “You are my God.”
Should we wallow in our sadness? No, but there is a time and place. Have a moment of sadness but know when it’s time to dust yourself off and continue on. Know when it is time to hand it over to God. It’s ok to have that moment of sadness. It’s just that, a moment. For a moment remember it’s ok to not be ok.