Such was the morning… after the evening… that sadness was seeping from my heart through my eyes in liquid form. No one knew of all the cracks within through which the tears overflowed. No one, but God. He knows. He is truly my Intercessor. Sometimes, He will send a kind, earthly soul to bear the burden with me. Sometimes, it is through an unsuspected vessel. Sometimes, He sends no one because… He is enough.
Have you ever been deeply saddened? God allows heartache in our lives at times. He does not shield us from the pain of troubles. Many of His servants are recorded to have felt cast down, yet God did not cast them down. Bad news can overwhelm us. Uncertainty welcomes fear. Spiritual battles can wear us down. Health issues weaken our physical bodies. Sin costs more than we want to pay. Human relationships are a target of the adversary. You and I could easily lengthen this list with other possible causes of trouble.
“Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance.” –Psalm 42:5
What causes me to find hope in Him? His presence backs His Words. His Words are comforting, not condemning. His feet are walking with me. His mouth is talking with me, not at me. His ears are listening to the words my heart does not know how to pray. His face helps me by His smile – unfrivolous and unfeigned. Even when I am saddened by my own failure or sin, He does not push my heart down deeper. How can I not hope in my loving God? How can I not praise Him?
- When I know and feel His love, my straying is turned to staying.
- When I know and feel His love, the hard changes of this life can be faced with courage and with reassurance of God’s unchanging, unmistakable character.
- When I know and feel His love, His gentleness makes me great for I naturally am drawn to Him.
- When I know and feel His love, my earthly losses turn to eternal gain.
Such was the morning… that God used one of my children to remind me… that He loves me. Out of the blue on this noted morning, a knock came at my door as I was getting ready for the day. It was one of my children who had prepared me a plate of waffles. Simply, a plate of waffles as I like them, was set on my nightstand. It was unexpected and moved my heart.
Such was the morning…that God reminded me: “For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.” – Psalm 30:5
Such was the morning… that I was crying over waffles. Tears of joy.
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