Among the parables that Chinese teachers use, there is the story of a woman who lost an only son.
She was grief-stricken beyond all reason. Her sorrow was gradually consuming her.
Finally, she went to a wise old philosopher. He said to her, “I will give you back your son, if you will bring me some mustard seed. However, the seed must come from a home where there has never been any sorrow.”
Eagerly, she started her search, and went from house to house. In every case, she learned that a loved one had been lost.
“How mistaken I have been,” she expressed, “sorrow is common to all.”
In Psalm 78:3, referring to the disasters that had come to the people of God, we read,
“Fire consumed the young men, and their maidens had no wedding songs” (NIV).
“Seldom comes sorrow alone.”This speaks of the sadness, disappointment, and sorrow among them.
Longfellow said, “Believe me, every man has his secret sorrows, which the world knows not; and oftentimes we call a man cold when he is only sad.”
David spoke of “a flood of great waters” (Psalm 32:6). Afflictions here are compared to “a flood of great waters.”
The force of water, if it is violent, cannot be stopped by any power of man. But he calls them “great waters.”
A proverb says, “Seldom comes sorrow alone.”
As waters come rolling and waving many together, so do the sorrows of this life.
However, David first says, “Everyone who is godly will pray to You in a time when You may be found!”
Remember, “The caverns of sorrow often contain mines of diamonds.”
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