Weeping May Last for a Night…

It’s 2:00 AM, and I’m wide awake. Normally, I would be in a deep REM cycle. But right now, I’m hurting for my friend whose Nana is very sick. A few hours prior, I could hear the pain and longing for comfort coming from the other end of the phone.

“She’s septic. I don’t know what’s going to happen.”

“I’m so sorry” was all I could muster up.

Heavy sighs and a few tears later, we moved on to subjects more light-hearted, such as how we’re both adjusting since moving out of state, what new recipes we’re cooking, and our mutual admiration for Lucille Ball. We laughed and talked until the wee hours of the morning. And then, it was time to call it a night.

“Thank you for calling. It means more than you know.”

I smiled, rubbed my eyes, and exhaled, “Anytime.”

But Joy Comes in the Morning

No matter what time of day, the Lord always puts us in a position to help or be helped by one another. At times when we least expect it, He will place someone on our heart or across our path for His purpose to be fulfilled and His love to be shown. Some of His timing may seem odd or random (like a phone call in the middle of the night), but it would benefit us all to take a moment and realize that His timing is certainly ordained and His ways are perfectly planned. We may not always understand His will, but we can trust Him to reveal His character and nature through every change we face.

As day turns into night and night back into day, may we remember the One who knows all. He is the One who has established every season and hour–both day and night are alike to Him. Nothing surprises Him nor catches Him off guard. He constantly watches over us and is personally with us. We may feel as if He’s far away, but we can trust that He is closer than a friend. He gives us the comfort of His Spirit so we may come to know and understand the vastness of His grace, and thus, extend His grace to others at any time.

“Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.” –Psalm 30:5b