Joy in the Morning

Psalm 30:5b (NLT) tells us: “Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning.”  Not that I was weeping last night, far from it I slept very well.  I wake up each day thrilled to be able to walk outside and enjoy the beauty of God’s creation.  One of the sweetest joys in the morning is actually watching the squirrels in my apartment complex.  Especially in the morning.  They are out running and searching for their breakfast.  Rarely do you see them alone, usually there are two or three in a group, chattering to each other.  They seem to play with each, like children playing tag.  Watching these little creatures fill me with an ineffable calm. They don’t know what lies ahead, but they are not worried about it.   I don’t know what lies ahead, and I cannot worry about it.   

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I know that whatever it is, God is with me.  Isaiah 43:2 says, “When you go through deep waters, I will be with you.  When you go through the rivers of difficulty you will not drown.  When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.”  In other words, He will be with us every moment of every hour of every day, from now through eternity.  That’s why I feel such calm and why I experience joy in the morning.   

I have passed the point of “three score years and ten” that Psalm 90 says will encompass the days of our years.  So, each and every morning that I awaken I am filled with joy that God has granted me yet another day.  I believe that as the common saying says, “God’s not done with me yet.”  Which I interpret to mean that he still has work for me to do.  That concept alone is the driving force behind starting this blog.  I want to share his word.  We are told to go and make disciples of all nations, but I’m not very good at doing that in a one on one setting face to face.  I don’t feel secure in my knowledge of the word to give me the confidence I need to be able to evangelize in that way.  But there are other ways. 

Several years ago, I started a grief ministry using materials and training gained from Stephen Ministries.  This has provided me a way to reach out to others and share God’s love.  Especially, in their time of need.  When things are so bad and so sad, only the force of God’s love for us can piece through our armor of sorrow and grief.   My life was totally changed by the events leading up to beginning this ministry; and is still changing and maturing on a daily basis.  I praise God that he has given me this way to share his Word. 

Writing this blog is yet another way for me to share the Word.  Especially now when we are confined to our homes and isolated from other human beings. People desperately need to hear the word of God and feel his love and presence.  Thank you, Lord Jesus, for another day and another way in which to share the Gospel. 

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