As you know fro mour previous studies of Ecclesiastes 3, there is a time for everything. This week we are looking at Ecclesiastes 3:4:
Have you noticed that after a good cry, things seem a little better? Your mood has perhaps even brightened a bit! That's because certain hormones and enzymes are released in our bodies when we cry. Crying also doesn't just mean the negative. Sometimes we cry tears of joy, too! Weeping clears the way for laughter and joy and happiness.
And there IS a time to laugh! With your friends, your husband, your children and yes, even your parents. The Scripture says that "He will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy (Job 8:21, NIV). Psalm 126 tells us "our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, 'the Lord has done great things for them'" (Psalm 126:2, NIV).
A couple of weeks ago we learned that there is a time for each of us to die. There is also a time to mourn. Mourn the loss of loved ones, but also of relationships that need healing and reconciliation and mourning the lost who still are in need of a Savior.
Finally, there is a time to dance. Now some may have their own beliefs about dancing, but here God specifically tells us that there is a time for that! He has turned our mourning into dancing (Psalm 30:11), Praise Him with the timbrel and dance; praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes (Psalm 150:4), Then Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took the timbrel in her hand; and all the women went out after her with timbrels and with dances (Exodus 15:20).
So when you feel like crying, go ahead! And if you feel like laughing, that's fine, too. Let the Lord turn your mourning into dancing and praise Him even in the storms of life.