READ: Psalm 30

THINK: Though it seems counterintuitive to the world, we really can face sorrow, difficulty, and hardship with incredible hope and confidence because of our faith. And even though it sometimes seems impossible in the moment, we really can trade our sorrows, our pain, and our shame and lay them down for the joy of the Lord. We can do this because we know that no matter what happens, God will ultimately win the day. And I can’t help but be humbled by that and thankful for it! I’m reminded of a story that Dennis Fisher tells about a girl he knows named Angie:

Angie could not see through the fogged-up windows in her car. Inadvertently, she pulled out in front of a truck. The accident caused such damage to her brain that she could no longer speak or take care of herself. Over the years, I have been amazed at the resiliency of Angie’s parents. Recently I asked them, “How have you managed to get through this experience?” Her father thoughtfully responded, “In all honesty, the only way we have been able to do this is by drawing close to God. He gives us the strength we need to help us through.” Angie’s mother agreed and added that around the time of the accident their grieving was so deep that they wondered if they would ever have joy again. As they both leaned upon God, they experienced countless unexpected provisions for the physical and spiritual care of Angie and their entire family. Although Angie may never regain her ability to speak, she now responds to them with wide smiles and this gives them joy. Her parents’ favorite verse continues to be: “Weeping may last for a night, but joy comes in the morning” (Psalm 30:5).

PRAY: Thank God for his love and his provision. Thank him for being there for you in the worst of times. And don’t hesitate to cast all your cares upon him!

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