Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Joy comes .... when ?!?

(from the archives)
The bible says in Psalm 30:5 "...weeping may endure for a night but joy cometh in the morning..."

What if joy doesn't come in the morning?
I'm not suggesting this passage of scripture or the bible isn't true - I fully believe that it is... but when I wake up what if the sorrow is still there hanging like a black cloud above my bed?
Does it mean I lack faith?
Have I forgotten how to trust Him? or am I simply human?

Recently I came across this comic strip:

It's so silly, right?
And yet if I was brutally honest with myself I think deep down inside somewhere I believed it. No, not on the surface. Not in my brain. I mean I know accidents happen and hearts get broken - I've spent 15 years in the ministry comforting people who are hurting ... but somewhere deep in my unconscious soul I held onto the belief that if I did what I thought God wanted me to do then I would be saved from 'bad things' happening to me.

There's a lot of  "I" and "me" statements in there isn't there? I'm just being honest . . .

This is what I know:  Life is good AND bad and none of us are immune to any of it. I also know that scripture isn't a magic wand. Just because my alarm rings 6 a.m. - morning - it doesn't necessarily mean all bad things just dissipate and I'll wake with laughter on my tongue (however, if God wants to do that to me I'd be okay with it . ..... just saying). And yet scripture is true. Whether we're talking about a literal or figurative morning, joy will come.

Nonetheless, if you like me, have had moments in your journey, morning after morning, where you've looked but not found joy at sunrise, may I encourage you with one more passage? Joel 2:25 says "

I don't know your story. I've not been apart of your drama. Instead I've had my own and it left a mark - but this I know; a day comes. It may be tomorrow or next year but a day comes when the Lord of all brings restoration to you! So .... get up! Get up because the next morning may be your day!


  1. You've got me singing...
    I'm trading my sorrow
    I'm trading my shame
    I'm laying it down for the joy of the Lord

    I'm trading my sickness
    I'm trading my pain
    I'm laying it down for the joy of the Lord

    And we say yes Lord yes Lord yes yes Lord
    Yes Lord yes Lord yes yes Lord
    Yes Lord yes Lord yes yes Lord Amen

    I'm pressed but not crushed persecuted not abandoned
    Struck down but not destroyed
    I'm blessed beyond the curse for his promise will endure
    And his joy's gonna be my strength

    Though the sorrow may last for the night
    His joy comes with the morning

  2. I love it when good songs get stuck in my head!


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