How can we rejoice when we hurt? Sandra shares . . . (and friends, she has had a hard year. She doesn’t give these tips lightly.)
“For His anger lasts only a moment, but His favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning” (Psalm 30:5).
Chronic illness makes things hard. Let’s just get that out of the way right now. Many of us weep too; some are weeping even as they read this. I am. Fatigue, colds, pain, busy families, crowded schedules, all of these things can play havoc with normal healthy folk. It can flatten those of us who already deal with health issues.
Scripture tells us “This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalm 118:24).
Rejoice and be glad . . . while we weep? Yes.
But my life is full of pain and suffering!
This verse above, isn’t an option. The Lord made this day! The verse does not say “if our lives are easy and we are comfortable, then ‘let us rejoice and be glad.'”
Let us rejoice and be glad in it. Period.
Life is good. The Lord made this day. Rejoice and be glad.
Weeping may stay the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning!
Are you feeling it yet? Life is good. God is good.
Look for joy drops, they are all around you–the bird song, the blue sky, the smile of a child, a note sent from a friend, the first taste of your morning coffee, or the purr of a kitten.
Now, have you started think of some of your own? Let’s see a smile.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, You are the creator of all good things. Your children hurt sometimes, weep sometimes. Help us to remember that even though we weep now, we will rejoice again. For You are good. And You love us more than we can ever imagine. Thank You for that, Oh thank You and we praise You for Your great love to us. Amen.
About the Author:
Sandra Platt has been on the devotional writing team for Rest Ministries since 2006. She has had Fibromyalgia for over 25 years, and now has numerous chronic health issues including profound Neuropathy that have caused her to be in a wheelchair. She has been married 33 years to her Pastor husband, and they have 2 adult “kids.” She enjoys reading, baking, trying her hand at crafts, and being outdoors when she can.
What are some small things that make it possible for you to rejoice? Are there any that someone else may consider silly, but they means the world to you?
This is Brook Fraser singing “Soon.” When all hope seems risky here on earth take a moment to remind yourself that soon God will return and all will be well. When the world is hurting, we can still rejoice because we have a Savior. -Lisa