Joy Comes in the Morning
“For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life; Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.”
“This is not all there is. There is another wind, coming in slow on the wings of the morning, to hover over your still-flickering light to make you into fire again.”
-Jonathan Martin, “How to Survive a Shipwreck”
Joy. What is it exactly? Is it a state of being? A fleeting feeling? What is joy? Honestly I am still figuring this one out. Maybe some of you were hoping that I’d have the quick-fix answer on how to find this thing called joy, but I am still very much in the process of discovering it in my own life. There for a while, I didn’t know if I’d ever experience joy or happiness again. The sorrow and disappointment I had experienced seemed to linger for what felt like ages. But, I will never forget the first time I had a belly laugh after that long stint of sorrow. I laughed so hard that I couldn’t breathe, but after I caught my breath it was as if that was the first time in a long while that my lungs had held so much life-giving oxygen in them. All of this is to say, you will experience joy again. You will someday experience laughter, lightheartedness, and be cheerful again. The night, the valley, the storm -whatever you call the swirl of turbulence that you find yourself in will pass away. You will see the light of dawn on a new day; a new season where grief doesn’t plague your every thought. I don’t know if you are just starting this process of grief, or if you find yourself somewhere in the middle, wondering if it will ever come to an end – know that you can get there. It will take time and healing, but it is coming. Let this scripture melt away your worries and anxieties. Invite the Lord to reassure your weary heart that His joy does come in the morning.