“… Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.” (Psalm 30:5b)
If so, I’m with you. In 2008, my husband and I purchased a new home in a safer neighborhood without selling our original home first. We thought we could sell the first home quickly, but it did not sell. We were able to pay the bills. However, it was a very difficult time. I felt like all our dreams were flying out the window along with each month’s mortgage payments and utility bills. I plunged into discouragement, then depression, then despair. I felt hopeless. I tried to be strong, but I failed miserably.
After two and a half years, I could no longer endure the battle. I told the Lord:
“Father, I can’t handle this. If You want to take everything we have, it’s Yours anyway. So Father, take my whole life. Every part of it is Yours, and I will trust You with it. Just give me Yourself.”
When I finally gave up and began to trust God with every part of my life, our precious Heavenly Father gave me rest. I had been so weary and upset, but He gave me peace. I had been utterly downcast, but He gave me hope again. A new day dawned in my heart, and two months later the nightmare was over. The Lord brought us someone to rent our house, and that house has been a blessing to us ever since.
Have you also been going through something that has wreaked havoc on your life and emotions? Do you need comfort, peace, and hope again?
If so, I’d like to share one of the passages that I clung to during my own dark night of the soul. It’s found in Isaiah 43:18-19, and it says:
“Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”
I don’t know how many tears you have cried, but our Father knows. I don’t know what you have been through, but He does. What I do know, from my own difficulty and failure, is this: Your problems have a shelf life. Weeping is not forever. There is joy on the other side, and your Father is going to bring you through this.
We all go through dark periods. However, our loving Father doesn’t ever leave us there! He never abandons us to an emotional winter. Instead, He walks beside us, eventually bringing us out of darkness into a new, bright beginning!
Our God loves to do new things for us. As you see the buds and blossoms of springtime this year, I pray you will be reminded of this truth. Springtime is tangible proof that our Father’s heart is to renew and restore us. He is obsessed with newness of life; He is an expert at re-creation.
No matter what you have been going through, our Father has promised to give you beauty instead of ashes. Right now, He is making a way where there seems to be no way. He is in the process of turning your barren wasteland into a beautiful, refreshing oasis. He can’t help Himself; it’s who He is. By His very nature, Jesus Christ makes all things new.
Are you ready for a new beginning? Are you ready for our Father to shine His beams of hope back into your heart? If so, I would like to encourage you today. Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning. Our Father is with you. He is making all things new in your life right now.
So trust Him. Ask Him for a new start. Renewed hope and a new beginning are on their way to you right now… and your breakthrough may be nearer than you think.