«Those who have been ransomed by the Lord will return. They will enter Jerusalem singing, crowned with everlasting joy. Sorrow and mourning will disappear, and they will be filled with joy and gladness» (Isaiah 35: 10, NLT).
THE EMOTIONAL LIVES OF WOMEN are filled with ups and downs. When bad times or negative circumstances are prolonged, we women feel vulnerable and immediately, our sense of humor, our opening up to others, the language we use, and our behavior in general are affected. Sadness invades us; we withdraw a little more; it even bothers us that others are doing well and enjoying life.
It has been statistically proven that women are more prone to sadness and depression than men. Of course they also get depressed, but the high rates of depression always point to us, the women. Knowing this, it is up to us to take responsibility for our emotional health, putting in our two cents co try not to be part of that statistic. And we are not alone as we try to achieve it: we have God on our team.
Sadness is part of life in this world. When we lose a loved one or simply lose an opportunity, when we have gone through a divorce or the economy has been so bad for us that we have to admit we are poor, when we live with violence (physical, mental, economic, social), when we are witnesses to injustice and inequalities, we get sad (unless we are psychopaths). Even so, despite all the sources of sadness that surround us, God continues to put drops of happiness in our hearts and offers us wonderful gifts every day that are more-than-valid reasons to smile again.
With things being as they are in the world, who would want to continue his or her life in an environment that generates negative emotions, where happiness can be lost in minutes just by listening to some bad news? Isaiah 35: 10 brings us a promise that would lead us on paths of peace: «Those who have been ransomed by the Lord will return. They will enter Jerusalem singing, crowned with everlasting joy. Sorrow and mourning will disappear, and they will be filled with joy and gladness.» What a radical change! We will go from living in a world of privation to moving to another where there will be no sadness.
«Joy and gladness will be found in it, thanksgiving and the voice of melody» (Isaiah 51:3). Knowing that, you can already start saying goodbye to sadness through faith in what is coming.