Thursday, October 16, 2008

My Redeemer Lives and Brings Me Joy

Yesterday, my morning hours were spent crying anguished and uncontrollable tears regarding the circumstances with one of my children. I spoke of all my sorrows to my Lord and wrote them in my journal as the tears just kept pouring out. I spent most of the day fighting to hold the tears back from flowing at the most inopportune moments—they did not want to stop. I haven’t had such lengthy and emotional tears like this in a long time.

Then, as the evening hours came along, God began to redeem my tears. First it was just a little thing here and there with regards to that child which brought such blessings to my heart. Then by late in the evening, God granted me a whole hour of pure, blessed joy!!! And some of the treasured moments I had cried about in the morning, feeling I had lost them for good with this child, were given to me, again!

The Lord surely did BLESS MY SOCKS OFF just before I went to sleep for the night. All the tears—the gut-wrenching tears I cried yesterday for most of the day—were suddenly healed by the events God ordained in the evening hours.

I know in my mind and by faith that God leaves NOTHING wasted in our lives. He will take EVERY single thing and REDEEM it beautifully as only HE can do; all in its perfect and ordained time. I have seen this multiple times looking in hindsight at my past, and I experienced it in my present last night. So all that sorrow I felt for most of the day yesterday seemed but a small thing compared to the JOY and BLESSING I received in the evening hours.

Weeping may last for the night,
but a shout of joy comes in the morning.

(Psalm 30:5)

As for me, I know that my Redeemer lives,
and at the last He will take His stand on the earth.

(Job 19:25)

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