Finding peace after sorrowful times
The storms and unfair things of life must invade our space before we can be victorious over them
"…afterwards…" Hebrews 12:11
I do not know about you, but when I was a kid, I liked teeter totters.
It was always fun to run down to the park and jump on a teeter totter with your friends, because you could "teet and tot."
To explain a little more, it was an enjoyable lever and fulcrum system – the lever being the board, and the fulcrum being the point in the middle that provides support.
Why am I talking about teeter totters? Because we use fulcrums all the time in the English language, and "afterward" is one of them. Some others are and, but, or, because and therefore.
What I mean by these being fulcrums is the words in the sentence before the fulcrum word are directly affecting the words after the fulcrum word. An example of that would be cake and ice cream, also cake or ice cream. As you can see, both sentences mean something different because of these fulcrum words. You might be fulcrumed out after this paragraph.
In our scripture today, Hebrews 12:11, "All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness."
So those who have been trained by righteousness will find peace after sorrowful times.
I am not sure what you are thinking, but to me, this is kind of scary. To be trained in righteousness means I will have to overcome unrighteousness.
That means the storms and unfair things of life must invade my space before I can be victorious over them. I do not know about you, but I am not fond of that thought. The storms and unfair things of life tend to get all up in my face and sometimes, most times, cuts my very feet from under me. It engages me emotionally with maybe fear or anger, perhaps both.
In the nonprofit work we are involved with, Redemption House Ministries, the organization often encounters these circumstances of storms. We may be running low on food, then the Post Office does a food drive, and we receive over 1,200 pounds of food. Thank you! Post Office and all of you who participated, from those who gave food items to the carriers and volunteers who carried the food to us. It was wonderful to stock up our shelves.
The thing is, many of these storms get personal, causing anxiety and worry in our lives. Things like financial problems, health issues, relationship heartaches, and loss. These storms can seem overwhelming and overtax us, our resources, and our support system.
Then, there is "afterwards" after the storm has passed when we find hope, when we find answers, or when we are able to move on. "Afterwards" we find peace.
In this scripture, "afterwards" is God, it is His interaction, it is His intervention, and it is His hope that He gives. This fulcrum is weighted. What I mean by that is, this peaceful fruit is bigger than the storm that just passed. Nothing seems so quiet or so peaceful as when the winds stop, and the waves calm, and the rains subside, and the sun shines once again.
Remember, there is an "Afterwards."