This morning in my devotions, I read this passage of Scripture, "Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning." Psalm 30:5 NLT.
"All good things must come to an end…" How many times have we heard that statement? And usually, whether we verbalize it or not, our next thought is, but bad things last forever. And I must admit, sometimes it seems that way.
When you think about it, the saying, though true in its concept, is not a truth, but a half-truth. All good things must surely come to an end, but so must all bad things. Nothing lasts forever and there is definitely comfort in that fact.
Sometimes there are things that we can do to affect the process and sometimes there are not. We just have to ride out the storm. I have learned the only thing I can control in either situation is my attitude.
When the sun is shining on your face and life is good, bask in its rays, exult in its warm embrace. Throw off your cloak of worries, fears and inhibitions and walk barefoot through the lush green meadows of contentment with a song of thanksgiving in your heart.
But what about the times when the dark clouds gather, thunder is heard in the distance and only lightening illuminates your pathway?
Those are the times, my friends, when you put all of your trust in the Lord. In the midst of the storm, you confidently take his strong hand and learn to dance in the rain. Look up to the heavens and whirl and twirl between droplets and be refreshed by those that hit their mark, knowing that it is the rain that makes the flowers grow. And know above all, that the sun is still behind the clouds and will emerge again in all its splendor, if not today, then perhaps tomorrow. But it will surely return with a rainbow announcing its presence.
You must fight the good fight of faith each day no matter what the climate, stay the course and never, never give up. Set your face like a flint in the face of the storm and push through the wind gusts one step at a time. It doesn’t matter, you are making progress and that’s what counts. And when the wind subsides and you only feel soft raindrops on your face, begin your dance once again — a dance of joy at God’s faithfulness!
And make a conscious choice to believe another familiar saying… "This too shall pass." I love this verse from the Bible in Isaiah 43:2-3 NLT. "When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. For I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior."
Harn is the pastor of Victory Assembly of God and a member of the United Ministerial Alliance.