"Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning." (Psalm 30:5)
There's a lot of pain in this world...a lot of conflict, a lot of difficulty.
There are a lot of things that happen in our lives that don't seem to make sense. Tragedies like earthquakes, tornadoes, accidents...all of which can result in pain which reaches right down to our core.
We find ourselves asking "God, where are you?" "What are you doing?"
We don't understand.
Especially when these tragedies crash down upon a child of God...a person who was full of faith, who lived it right, who followed God's priorities...faith, family, friendships.
We're faced with a crisis of faith--do we trust and believe, even though these things don't make sense, or do we reject our faith, because it 'doesn't work'?
It's natural to struggle with that on some level, and God certainly understands our struggle.
...but don't give up your faith!
Tomorrow will come, and then the next day. You will survive your trial, and our Heavenly Father will walk with you through it.
Hold on to Him, and He will pull you through.
Ultimately, there is an answer, but you and I may never know it. There is a Hand that is guiding events, and that 'hand' belongs to our loving heavenly Father. He is in control, and He does love you in the midst of your pain.
...and THAT is how we get to the 'joy' which comes in the morning!
It's by faith!
Faith that there is a bigger picture.
Faith that there is an unseen, loving, wise hand at work.
Faith that the Lord has not forgotten you, and you did not slip through His fingers.
and, Faith that there will come a day when all of this pain is over.
When all of these tears are dried up. When all this hurt is gone.
There WILL come a day when Jesus will come and welcome us all home. We will be reunited for ETERNITY!. On that day, our faith...our willingness to trust in our Father, and have faith...will triumph over all of lives pain.
For now, in the midst of our trials, we hurt. We grieve--but not as those who have no hope" (1 Thessalonians 4:13)
We have hope, because we trust in our God.
He is "the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort". (2 Corinthians 1:4).
He will comfort you and bring you through...and that will lead to the "Joy that comes in the morning."
You may not feel it today...but by faith, you will walk in it tomorrow!