Psalm 30:5 (NIV)
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.
It was late in the afternoon when they walked out over the marshland in Point Pelee, the most southern point in Canada. It had been a hot, sunny day, and to their surprise, the aquatic plants all seemed to have taken the brunt of it. There they were, completely wilted!
Too often we feel like these poor marsh plants. Too often we too take the brunt of the adversities of any given day, and we are left wanting, exhausted and demoralized. Where did this all come from? We tend to remain reminiscent for days and weeks over such events, and they leave us, quite literally, "out of steam".
Something miraculous happened to those plants through the night, however. The next morning they had all been miraculously reinvigorated, spreading their leaves wide to proudly display their blooms.
Why doesn't this happen to us? Is it possible that we tend to focus more on our circumstances than in the promises of out loving Heavenly Father?
Are we tired of going through one adversity after another? The solution is simple: spend time with our Maker. It will revive us, guaranteed! "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." (Matt 11:28)
Are we feeling out of touch with the Almighty due to trials that seem to darken our outlook on life? Let's go to Him and learn from Him. Renewed strength will refresh our inner core, giving us a unique perspective of our situation. "Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls." (Matt 11:29)
King David faced numerous trials, more so than most of us. Still he declared: "Though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou wilt revive me…" (Ps 138:7). He had come to know God intimately. He had experienced the Truth that God ALWAYS keeps His promises.
With this in mind, we can't help but thank and praise Him, even amidst our dire circumstances, for we live in expectation of His provision! "Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ." (Eph 5:20)
We may feel welted in the evening, but let's expect revival in the morning!
Dear Lord, thank You that even when we feel welted through You we can be rejuvenated. Thanks that we can rest in You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.