Sorrowful yet always rejoicing…
I have so much love and respect for the Eve Center volunteers for we have learned a very mature truth: Christ followers are to be sorrowful yet always rejoicing (2 Cor. 6:10). Eve Center Volunteers know how to rejoice always AND sit and listen to heartache after heartbreak. It’s not easy, but it is possible through the Spirit of God that is in us.
The Bible teaches ideas that are very difficult for the juvenile mind to comprehend. Through the Bible, we learn that we should be content in all situations (Philippians 4, and Hebrews 12), rejoice always, yet have unceasing anguish in our hearts for those who are unsaved (Romans 9). The Bible teaches that we should rejoice with those who rejoice and mourn with those who mourn (Romans 12). On every day we have “sisters” who are in both camps—sisters we should mourn with and sisters we should rejoice with.
If the Eve Center volunteers did not know how to be sorrowful yet rejoicing, we would be emotionally miserable. We voluntarily listen to hard stories every week–and hard stories that are a reflection of our own hard story. If our hope is not set on the glorious unseen future we have in Christ, we would be the most miserable of all people. But we are not… we are the most joyous.
When walking into an Eve Center site, one doesn’t experience miserable volunteers; rather, you experience women who know who they are in Christ and have learned the secret to being content, and rejoicing always. For our hope, our joy, our love, our focus is not in this world (or the stories we listen to); no, our hope, our joy, our love, and our focus in on the spiritual blessings in the heavenly realms that we are promised in Christ. We have an inheritance that is far beyond the greatest joy we can imagine, and one that will never perish, spoil, or fade. Therefore, we are sorrowful yet always rejoicing.