Finding Joy in the Morning

Ps. 30:5b ESV “Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.”

The past few years have been a struggle. Some of it is just the phase we are in our lives. It’s the stretch in your 40’s and 50’s where loved ones start to pass away (my husband and I have each had one parent die within the past 5 years), kids grow up, and you start to feel very mortal. On top of ordinary struggles, there are trials of various kinds and sometimes it feels like a victory just to endure the day and come out the other side. Lately, that’s where I have been living.

And yet…”Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.”

I see those glimmers of hope each day, where I am not focusing on just survival but where I am participating in the joy God has for me. I can claim the joy of the Lord as my strength (Nehemiah 8:10). I can remember that seasons do pass. Even though I might be working through painful times now, there will be laughter again someday (Ecclesiastes 3:4). In the roller coaster that our lives have been, I can look ahead to the joy, but I can also find that joy each morning in God’s Word, in His presence, and with His people.

Maybe you are in a place where getting through each day is all you can picture right now. But cling to the promise of God’s hope and joy in your life!

Romans 15:13 NIV “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

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