Highs and lows

Have you ever found yourself laughing and crying at the same time?
Aren’t our emotions just crazy?
Highs and lows. Laughing and weeping. It’s all a jumbled mess sometimes, isn’t it?
I love Lauren Daigle’s music, particularly this line in “You Say”: “Am I more than just the sum of every high and every low.”*
In that vein this passage of scripture resonated with me this morning relating. It relates to the Hebrews’ reactions when returning to Jerusalem after the exile and seeing the crumbling temple for the first time:
“But many of the priests and Levites and heads of fathers’ houses, old men who had seen the first house, wept with a loud voice when they saw the foundation of this house being laid, though many shouted aloud for joy so that the people could not distinguish the sound of the joyful shout from the sound of the people’s weeping, for the people shouted with a great shout, and the sound was heard far away.” –Ezra 3:12-13
They were joyful because Cyrus, the Persian king, had allowed them to return to their homeland. But they were sorrowful when they saw their formerly beautiful temple in ruins.
They grieved and they rejoiced.
We experience a similar gamut of emotions when we lose a loved one. We grieve at the loss but rejoice that they are heaven-bound.
But perhaps the Hebrews got it right. After their expression of pain/joy, they got to work.
They got about the work God had set out for them.
While a season of rest and recuperation may be what some of us need after a series of highs and lows, I find I need to get to work. I want the time I have here on earth to matter, so I dig in and reset the stones of my life with writing and mortar those writing stones with reflection and editing.
A mixture of highs and lows is exhausting, whereas work is energizing.
What’s on your work to-do list this week? I’ll pray for you!
Janet McHenryJanet McHenry is an award-winning speaker and the author of 24 books, including the bestselling PrayerWalk and her newest, The Complete Guide to the Prayers of Jesus. She would LOVE to be considered as the speaker for your next event. 
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*I highly recommend Lauren Daigle’s CD, Look Up Child; she understands women, and the whole CD is a huge piece of encouragement. Here’s the link: https://www.amazon.com/Look-Up-Child-Lauren-Daigle/dp/B07FDMZ233/ref=sr_1_1?crid=EXXE1P5CVY98&keywords=lauren+daigle+cds&qid=1557773093&s=gateway&sprefix=lauren+daigle%2Caps%2C332&sr=8-1.

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