Read: Psalm 30:2-5
Today’s Scripture: “Weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning” (Ps. 30:5b, NIV).
In the early morning hours as the sun begins to rise, I hear the sound of little feet bounding around the room. My rabbit is awake and ready to go.
Rabbits are crepuscular, meaning they are most active during dawn and dusk. Both the dark of night and the bright light of the day are unsafe for rabbits due to predators. It’s at dawn and dusk when they can come out to play.
Gordo, my bounding bunny, doesn’t need to worry about predators, but he still finds joy in the rising of the sun.
Like Gordo, we may be waiting for the sun to rise. We may be waiting for a difficult situation to pass, trying to keep ourselves going through the night.
Thankfully, dawn always follows the darkness.
In Psalm 30, David cried out to God for help through his own darkness. Throughout his life, he faced the fear of running from Saul, the guilt from his sin with Bathsheba, and the pain of his family torn apart by warring sons. Yet through all of this, he is able to say “Weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning” (Psalm 30:5b). Despite the pain and the heartache, he knew that God would rescue him and restore his joy.
At times, the night can last longer than we wish. Our struggle to overcome our circumstances takes longer than expected. One piece of bad news piles on top of another, and we see no end to our problems in sight.
As the winter months approach, darkness covers our towns longer and longer. We see less daylight and more night. If you’re like me, you long for the days to get brighter again.
Darkness can last a long time. In Antarctica, the night lasts six long months during the winter. Despite being plunged in darkness for so long, the sun does rise again for a long and bright summer.
No matter how long the darkness lasts, the sun will rise again.
God can restore your hope. Keep pushing through your darkness; your joy will return.
Today’s thoughts: Is a difficult situation lasting longer than expected? How can knowing that God can restore your joy help you push through what you’re going through?