Even in laughter the heart may ache, and the end of joy may be grief. (Proverbs 14:13 ESV)
The thing about reading Proverbs is that you come across a series of wise sayings that are sometimes grouped together and sometimes in bullet-point fashion. Some come across familiar themes. All of them rich in contemplation, consideration and leading to wiser living for all.
So when I say a proverb is profound, it is saying something considerable. This particular proverb is profound.
It’s not a judgement, it’s not a warning, it’s not an encouragement, it’s not advice – it’s a profound observation.
It’s the tears of a clown.
There’s so much we use to medicate the pain of the heart. Music, comedy, drama, romance, food, socialising – all of this can temporarily raise our mood temporarily. There’s the euphoria that can take place as our favourite team wins something. There’s the happiness at hearing a loved one has a newborn baby. All that can take place, but for whatever happens in that time, something darker lurks deeper that will emerge once more to reinforce the temporary nature of that brief high.
It remains tragic reading the stories of those in the entertainment industry who put on a front to bring laughter to others, whilst behind the scenes they are morose, torn, conflicted and depressed. Yet these are not just symptoms of the entertainment industry – it’s reflective of many in life.
It’s not all doom and gloom though. The path of wisdom is one that makes us aware of these realities in life and points us towards a path to true peace and joy within and without. For those who have experienced such a release, it’s possible to share those stories with others and provide a hope that can assist them go beyond medicating heartache with entertainment to finding true contentment and peace through wisdom.
For His Name’s Sake
C. L. J.. Dryden