joy in the morningWhy is it that sickness seems to strike during the night. I can’t tell you the number of times, I have gone to bed feeling fine, only to be awakened in the night sick. Last night was such a night. Yet, the amazing thing is, more often than not, by morning I’m feeling fine. The same proved true today, last night, I jokingly told my son, just kill me 🙂 because I felt so poorly. Then I awaken this morning feeling just fine.

I’ve noticed this same trend with the weather here in Nepal. The day can be a beautiful sunny day, and then suddenly it will rain all night. Yet, the next morning you awaken to sunshine.

As I thought on these things, I was reminded of the Scripture that tells us For his anger is but for a moment, and his favor is for a lifetime.Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning (Ps. 30:5).”

I’ve realized just how true these this is. And not just a night, but sometimes there are even seasons of darkness, but if you just wait, joy comes. There are times of questioning, but if you wait, the answers come. Times of doubt, followed by great faith. Times of pain followed by great joy.

Yet, the wait as we go through such seasons is not always easy. Waiting for the Lord to hear our prayers, and provide the answers we need. Waiting for the Lord to heal our broken hearts, and to remove all the doubt and fear. Times when we grieve the loss of those we held dear, and we wonder will we ever get through?

Life is a series of seasons. There are mountain tops, plateaus, and valley. Yet, God is there with us through each  season and in each place.

We long for the mountain tops where we can bask in the Lord’s presence, sense His touch, and enjoy His radiance. We dread the valley’s that seem so dark, lonely, and scary. That leave us on our knees through the night, begging God for relief. Yet, most of our time is spent in neither place, bur rather on the plateau. Where we just go through our day-to-day life.

Yet, no matter what season we are in, what place we are at.. God is there. Though we may not feel Him, He is with us. No matter our doubts, fear, unfaithfulness, He is faithful. Despite the best of times, worst of times, or day-to-day, we are never alone.

And, we do not stay in one season forever, we do not stay in one place. Season change, times change, and life continues moving forward, no matter how much at times we won’t to freeze it or slow it down.

I can remember when I had two little boys, 18 months apart, both in diapers. I can remember how difficult those days were, but it was just a season. Today they are 15 and 14, and time is moving oh too fast.

So if you find yourself in a dark time, just wait,the light of His radiance will shine.

If you’re in a time of the unknown, hold tight, God will show you the way.

If your heart is grieving, don’t despair, joy will come.

And for those of you on the mountain top, rejoice, and enjoy. Yet, if you find yourself in the valley, don’t give up, you won’t be here forever. And if your on the plateau, remain faithful in your day-to-day to serve Him.

Though weeping does come, joy will also follow.