Joy Comes With The Morning ~

I am NOT a “morning person” but deep down . . . I am a “morning person wannabe.”  I enjoy watching the ever-changing early morning light as dawn approaches and am captivated by how there are no two mornings alike.  Every morning gives out it’s own unique beauty-like snowflakes but on a much larger scale-as the colors and clouds change in the sky to frame the landscape.  I love mornings because they demonstrate the ever-changing artistry of our Creator being worked on a canvas of eternal proportions.  Yes!  An amazing JOY comes with the morning for all to behold!  Yet I miss that joy much of the time because I loose the battle to sleep . . . which is why I am a “morning person wannabe!” 

The blessing in this is:

Whether or not we take in the beautiful display of God’s changing handiwork, it is faithfully worked out.  Similarly, God allows change to enter the landscape of our lives with the intent of working out His eternal will for us.

Yet many times, don’t we fret and give way to fear when change looms, because we are not in control?

How do you respond to change?  I must say that I am pretty flexible with the smallish stuff.  However, when there is what I perceive to be a major change looming, fear has a tendency to grip my heart.  With that tendency, I generally want to run and hide in the hope that the threat will go away.  (It seldom does.)  Over time I have found that what is most helpful is to run to God by reading and praying through the Scriptures.  That is where I find wisdom and His eternal perspective to help me, not only to accept change, but to begin to see the potential beauty yet to be worked out through that change.  When nights are long because I cannot sleep, I find comfort with the reminder that God never sleeps (Psalm 121) and as I cling to the hope offered in Psalm 30:4-5,

Sing praises to the Lord, O you His saints, and give thanks to His holy name. 
For His anger is but for a moment, and His favor is for a lifetime.
Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning. 

While holding onto that hope of joy coming in the morning, there is both strength and calmness of mind and heart to be discovered in the face of change.  Whatever you are facing, remember that you are not alone.  The same God who faithfully gifted you with the beauty of this very morning (whether you saw it or not) will bless you with His perfect peace as you trust in Him.  I invite you to join me in following the example of the Psalmist:

Sing praises to the Lord . . .
Give thanks to His holy name and for
His favor that lasts a lifetime . . .
Rejoice in His faithful presence each and every morning!  

The joy we can only discover through change, is the Gift of learning to trust in His loving faithfulness- seen or unseen.

All to His Glory!

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