|Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning. -Psalm 30:5b, NLT|
Doubt it? Re-read the above verse and understand that "through the night" and "in the morning" do not refer to actual times of the day... they indicate periods, seasons.
Try this: "Weeping may last for months or more, but joy comes eventually."
Sound more plausible? Still doubt it, though?
Good sense tells us, "This too shall pass" and, yet, when our "thing" doesn't pass, we wonder. We doubt. Our hope begins to fade and we set about getting used to whatever our situation is, lest we find ourselves still dreaming of change when all hope for it has long-since passed. We want to be realists afterall, right?
But where is the faith in that? Can faith and reason coexist peacefully?
Surely they can. God is not asking us to be unrealistic. He is simply not on our time-table.
And so, the writer of Psalm 30 says, "Even though you may be in your darkest hour, hang on, because the dawn will come. Light WILL break forth and you WILL feel joy again."
You are not required to understand how... only to believe. It may take time, but as you hang on, believing and watching for it... you will see the sun rise and your joy return.
He will make your innocence radiate like the dawn and the justice of your cause will shine like the noonday sun. -Psalm 36:6, NLT
© Stephanie Yax: 2011