Revisiting: Weeping Endures For a Night

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I felt this was a good devotional to revisit today.  As many of you know, we have been dealing with my husband's health issues that had escalated this past week.  While he is doing better (thank you all for your prayers and support), I started what must be a flare from fibro making it painful to breath and keeping me awake.  Many times, after I finally get to sleep, the pain dissipates.  This morning, when the pain awakened me, I felt disheartened.  More to deal with.  It should come as no surprise that my body would respond this way to stress.  I desperately needed the perspective of this post.  I pray it encourages you today.

“Weeping endures for a night, But joy comes in the morning.” Psalm 30:5

Now, I don’t know about you, but for me – it seems easier to cry at night time.  I’m not sure if it is because I feel the darkness will hide my tears – if night time seems lonelier – or if it is just so much quieter and the quiet allows me to think about the things that are easier kept tucked away in the business of day.

There are times I dread the night times completely.  Other times, my sorrows take me by surprise.  

God must have known this would be true for us.  

I look at the above verse and wonder why it doesn’t seem to be completely true.  I mean, I might cry at night – but there is often no true joy in the morning for me.  

I tend to take things literally – and I guess I’d like this verse to be true in a literal sense – that when the morning comes, my tears would be gone.  I know for many of us, this would be a dream come true.

I’ve had to learn, that God’s timing is not our timing.  And I think, perhaps, God’s works have meanings much different than ours.  Our “night times” may last for days, weeks, years.  We long for the dawning of the new day, when the weeping will cease.  

Our hope?  God tells us that not only will the tears cease – joy will come with it.  Some days, I feel far removed from joy.  There have been tearful darknesses in our lives when it seemed impossible to even remember what joy feels like.

Are you in the middle of the darkness – is your night time filled with weeping?

Have hope, beloved, the tears WILL end … and joy will come.

We have God’s promise.  

Weeping endures for a night – but joy will come in the morning.

How we will rejoice when that day dawns.

Father God, Thank you for the promises you give us to hold on to.  May we see these are truth and not as idle hopes and dreams - a reality that will one day come true.  Amen and amen.

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