YOU HAVE TURNED MY MOURNING INTO JOYFUL DANCING. YOU HAVE TAKEN AWAY MY CLOTHES OF MOURNING AND CLOTHED ME WITH JOY – PSALM 30:11
The Bible tells us there are seasons for everything…a time to weep and a time to laugh…a time to mourn and a time to dance. When we read through the Psalms, we read of the writer’s cries of anguish and pain, as well as the prayers of thanksgiving and praise for God’s faithfulness and restoration.
When we lose a loved one, we are never the same. We don’t “get over” their death… but with God’s help, we learn to move on from our pain. The Lord will turn our mourning to joy. From where you are standing now, that may seem improbable…even impossible…but the Bible tells us in Romans, that the stories and truths the Word contains, are to encourage us and give us hope. His promises are for yesterday, today and forever and we must take God at His word. He will turn our mourning to joy if we allow Him. We must believe it, to receive it.
God in His graciousness, heals us by giving us more of Himself…by filling the broken places in our hearts with His love, His truth, His peace, His hope and His joy. He comforts us… and fills us with His strength to carry on. He teaches us through His Word to look at things from an eternal perspective and to have hope that this life is not the end. We can rejoice that death was defeated and we do not grieve as those who have no hope.
There is a time and a place for grief…it is a passage to healing, but it is not a place to stay. God can help us to do what we can’t do on our own. He leads us through the valley of the shadow of death and teaches us not only how to live again, but to do so full of His joy.
©Daily Promises For The Broken Hearted by Debbie Kay