I have many friends walking through difficult times right now . . .
Friends dealing with the loss of loved ones,
Friends grieving the end of relationships,
Friends walking through family crisis,
And this friend and her daughter fighting physical and spiritual battles.
These battles are very real. For all of us, the darkness can be quite dark at times.
Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning.
Psalm 30:5b (NLT)
I realize reading this Bible verse isn’t going to fix everything. God gave me this verse over and over during some dark nights. Honestly, it made me mad. I didn’t understand it. Because I woke up each morning expecting my joy (and sometimes, demanding my joy), and it wasn’t there.
God, why do you keep giving me this promise when I can’t find my way out of the darkness?
Looking back, I know that God’s definition of “night” is different than ours. His timing is not our timing. His ways are not our ways.
We don’t know how long our night will last. But friends, God is with us through the darkness and through the weeping.
And he will bring joy in the morning.
It’s a promise, and you can cling to it.
To my hurting friends . . . I know the pain is impossibly hard. I also know we serve the God who makes all things possible, the One who specializes in resurrections of hope. He sees each of your teardrops and keeps track of every single one. The Lord is our Light in the darkness.
Dear Lord, I pray for my hurting friends to cling to your light and your hope in their times of darkness. We know you have already won the battle. We will cling to you and wait for your joy. Amen.
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