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Joy in the Morning?

Have you ever been in a situation so dire, so serious, so—I’m not sure which word to use here—that you couldn’t see your way out of it? Ever been in darkness so deep that you couldn’t even see your hands in front of your face? (Side note here: if you’ve ever been on a tour of an underground cavern, you’ll know what I’m talking about.) We’ve probably all been there, and according to the Bible this is only a temporary thing:

For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. (Psalms 30:5, KJV)

Right now in my life, it is the middle of the night. Weeping abounds. I have lost someone near and dear to my heart, and I don’t know what comes next. When will the morning come? When will the night end? How long will this last?

In my head, I can hear the Scriptures that talk about trial and tribulation.

My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. (James 1:2-3, KJV)

Patience? I didn’t ask for patience. I don’t want patience. I just want this to end.

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28, KJV)

Work together for good? I don’t think so. How can this be good? How can this be part of God’s plan? I’d like to know that.

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