God Can Turn Weeping Into Dancing
“Hear, O Lord, and have mercy on me; Lord, be my helper! You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; You have put off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness, to the end that my glory may sing praise to You and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to You forever.” Psalm 30:10-13 (NKJV)
“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.” Psalm 30:5 (NKJV)
“You number my wanderings; put my tears into Your bottle; are they not in Your book?” Psalm 56:8 (NKJV)
When you are in the midst of a trial or storm, it is hard to imagine yourself singing praises. It takes great effort, energy, and concentration to merely wake up, take another step, or even speak when trouble knocks on your door. Sleep may be all you desire, but even there you can’t escape sorrow or tribulation. Reality has a way of finding a way into slumber through dreams or nightmares.
When my brother died, I had many horrible dreams. None of them were comforting. All I wanted was to hear him say that he was okay and feel one last hug goodbye. This never happened. I would cry to the point where I thought my reservoir of tears was completely depleted. Surprisingly, there was an endless supply.
My grief felt like I was in the ocean. One moment I would be drowning in a sea of despair and then suddenly I’d get tossed to the beach. On dry land, I would have a few moments of rest but high tide would once again drag me into the sea. Pulled down and under, my tears would once again flow.
How then do we recover from depression and despair? It is only by…..
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