It is foreseeable that the Son will shine so bright on the children of God that emotion overtakes us. The reflection of Jesus radiating through the blades of our heart can cause a joyous sorrow. Have you ever been happy and tearful or content and melancholy? I submit that the mixed emotional state is not a mental breakdown but rather the inner workings of the Father on His creation. When He who is Perfect starts the pruning process it is heart wrenchingly beautiful. As we yield, increasingly more of His glory shines through. Pruning and enduring, yielding and shining- the cyclic process is unending. “Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus (Philippians 1:6). As we are saying ouch, we’re aglow from His glory all about us. The wonders of His Majesty are permeating us and we are swept away by His love.

With all the magical mysteries going on one would think that our flesh would sit back and enjoy the ride. To the contrary, our flesh despises the pruning process and resents the accompanying grief. To self-soothe, the flesh may seek to start or relapse on unhealthy habits incorporating them into the daily routine. Have you wondered how that thing got into your hand in the first place? It probably began with grief, stress, and pruning. Your flesh panicked and sought out a pacifier. I’ve learned that God wants us to search for Him. He promises that our place of trouble will become our place of blessing when we seek His face.

“The plain of Sharon will again be filled with flocks for my people who have searched for me, and the valley of Achor will be a place to pasture herds.” Isaiah 65:10

The valley of Achor translates to “the valley of trouble,” per Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance. God is painstakingly aware of our sorrow. Might I infer that He is especially concerned about the sorrow that is relative to Him receiving the glory? The grief that manifested God’s glory which paid for our sins was remitted in blood and suffering. What does the grief that brings God glory look like in your life? What did it cost you? Every believer must take inventory. If following Christ hasn’t cost you anything then maybe your just tagging along, but not following Him per se. If you don’t have grief, you most certainly haven’t seen His glory.

“Have mercy upon me, O LORD, for I am in trouble: mine eye is consumed with grief, yea, my soul and my belly.” Psalm 31:9

“and provide for those who grieve in Zion– to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor.” Isaiah 61:3

Son or Daughter or Zion there is a special place on our head for our crown of beauty to replace the ashes that we’ve endured. Instead of conflict and confusion, there will be laughter and lightheartedness. Praise will gush out of or mouths as we stand in amazement at the things the Lord has done. God will place us on exhibit to demonstrate His splendor. But take care to never forget that the wondrous glory pitter-pattered in with the heaviness of grief. How onlookers must’ve mistaken the weight we carried as a burden when all along it was our place of blessing.

-Lady Jay

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