May 01, 2022 08:00am
Joy Comes in the Mourning

Psalm 30:5 says ” . . . weeping may endure for a night, but a shout of joy comes in the morning.” 

Grief is a lot like a great shortstop: He can cover a lot of bases! It’s not going to be the walk off home run that puts you there. It’s going to be the final out you didn’t see coming. There is no denying the pain! Dr. Brene’ Brown’s research indicates, “Grief is perhaps the emotion we fear the most. As individuals, we’re afraid of the darkness grief brings” (Rising Strong).

This principle of brokenness (mourning) might originate with anguish over personal sin, compassion interacting with others, or that deep acceptance of loss. Regardless, Child of God, you are gifted with hope! There’s a reason why the second beatitude follows the first.

Repentance rarely follows arrogance. Look around . . . folks are pretending, justifying, rationalizing, comparing and, as a result, few are stepping up to the plate of sorrowful repentance. Admit it when you choose excuses rather than truth! Don’t wait to be called “out” by the umpire.

Your heavenly Father offers you a starting position on His roster. He knows your opponents best and asks you to play your position by THE book, God’s Word. He promises not to miss a game and to be with you through extra innings if needed. Will there be curve balls? Count on it. Will there be rain delays? Likely. Hit batsman or errors? Inevitably! 

But from God’s vantage point, high above this field called life, you can rest assured in knowing that grief is another opportunity for God to be glorified through you. Step up to the plate. It will be a noteworthy season of highlights with Jesus! Final stats indicate more wins than losses. Prepare to hear Jesus call you “Safe!” at home.

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