Sing praises to the rod, O you his saints, and give thanks to his holy name. 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.
Thought for the day: Joy comes in the morning
Driving the four hundred miles to the house we still have in our previous town to prepare it for sale is very long. Each time I drive the distance I listen to music and sing along with Pandora. At one point in my drive recently I began praying and trying to hear messages from God as I listened. I listened to Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, Sandy Patti, and so many more. Then, an artist’s name came up that I did not recognize. The music started and I found myself touched by the words that drew me to listen more closely. “Do you wonder why you have to feel the things that hurt you? If there’s a God who loves you, where is He now? Or maybe there are things you can’t see and all those things are happening to bring a better ending. Someday, somehow you’ll see, you’ll see. Would you dare to believe that you still have a reason to sing because the pain that you’ve been feeling can’t compare to the joy that’s coming. So hold on, you’ve got to wait for the light, press on and just fight the good fight because the pain that you’ve been feeling must be the dark before the morning.” My heart just went “Wow!” and I began taking in the words. As I drove to do a few errands before I left home earlier in the day, I screamed out “God, I know you have a plan for me but I need to know something – I’m human – I need to know something!” I found myself in tears. I stopped to complete an errand then headed home. As I drove, I found myself thinking the words, “God has something in mind that I haven’t even thought of yet.” So, when I heard the words to the song, “Before the Morning”, it drew me in.
Today, I write as I am surrounded by boxes to go through, furniture and items to sell, areas that need to be cleaned, things that need to be repaired, and a yard that needs major attention. Today, I will take the words of this song by Josh Wilson with me throughout the day to know that the “morning is coming” when we will finally be fully in the place where God has called us and that we are in that last period of darkness right before the morning – we are so close. Do I dare to believe – yes, I dare to believe that I have a reason to sing……and I am going to sing and pray my way to the morning.
Prayer: God, thank you for lyrics to songs that touch us in a way that nothing else can. Thank you, God, for the promise and assurance of the morning after there has been a period of darkness in our lives. You are leading us to the light, Lord! Thank you for the morning light. Amen.
Prayer Focus: Those waiting for the light