Joy in the Morning

"...weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning."

It's amazing how you can start a day out completely in the pits, and end it at the top of the mountain, viewing the awesomeness of God.

This has been one of those days. Before I got my eyes completely open this morning, I realized I had a *nasty* headache, of a type I've gotten only rarely in the past few years. Still struggling to part ways with it, I heard a vaguely familiar noise, and when I got up to investigate, discovered Billy collecting buckets to catch the rain dripping through the ceiling in the back hall. We haven't had a leak in a *long* time, but it was *pouring* this morning, and we had a nice little flood *indoors* as well. My computer has been doing its best to frustrate me for two solid days, and then a couple of children who shall remain nameless for the moment let a very *wet* dog loose in the house...where she made a beeline for *my* pillows. The pillows I was on my way to lay my aching head on at the time, which were suddenly soaked.

Throw in a quartet of kiddoes who squabbled *all* day long, and a 96 year old grandfather ending up in the hospital, and you have the ingredients for a pretty crummy day. And I have to say, I didn't handle certain aspects of it with grace and kindness.

I am so thankful that God in His mercy never gives us what we deserve. I am also thankful that He does not leave us in the pit. And I am thankful that He always brings joy in the morning.

We've struggled for almost two years with a situation that has brought with it many tears and dark days. We know that we have a long road ahead with it. But tonight we saw God at work yet once again, in a truly amazing way. It was one of those experiences in which you see the Hand of God so clearly you are completely awestruck. All night, these words have been running through my head:

" I stand, I stand in awe of You,
I stand, I stand in awe of You,
Holy God, to whom all praise is due,
I stand in awe of You."
~Hillside United

He is truly awesome, and I am amazed and thankful for His continued work in our lives.

Btw...I realize that I *desperately* need to post an update on all that has been happening here lately, as well as some neat things God has been teaching me. I started a *catch up* post yesterday, and then lost it through the shenanigans of this sometimes-seriously-frustrating machine. ;-) I will try to get back to it tomorrow! (Or later today, as I guess it is now!)


Joyful Days said...

We've traveled through a lot of valleys and been blessed at the mountain views that follow. Some days I thought we'd never see the end. But we did. We're coming up a mountain now and while I can't see the top, I know it is there. Trying to keep walking by faith.

I'm sorry you've had struggles, but will pray that His good things continue to bless you.

I am certainly glad to see you back blogging!!

(()) & prayers,


Between the Trees said...

Sounds like things are looking up! PTL!! :)