Devotional by: Pastor John Temple
Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.”
I love to lie awake at night and worry! I do my best worrying when everything is dark and quiet. It is amazing how many situations grow into ominous storms sometime around midnight. My favorite time to fret is about 3:00 A.M. I can awaken on time without setting the alarm clock. Some internal biorhythm is programed so we can begin the day with a “good worry.”
When I worry, I practice thinking negatively. I major on “worse case scenarios.” To be a professional worrier, one must become proficient in dreaming up disasters where enemies lurk and evil rules. To do your best worrying, you need to have enemies. You need to be oppressed. Life needs to feel unfair. God needs to be distracted and uninterested in your needs. You need to feel helpless and alone to do a magnificent job of being anxious.
Problems increase my senses in the dark. I can hear sounds that are not there in daylight. In the dark, my eyes try to focus more intently on things around the corner. My mind seems to be reeling in the dark. It will be in the light of mid-afternoon that I will finally feel like mentally shutting down.
But, there is always a change of perspective with the dawn of the day. It is as if God is in the sunrise. Rays of light piercing through clouds are inspiring instead of discouraging. Each beam of light seems to be an inspiration of hope. It is like God wants to shed new light on my old problems.
With the dawn of a new day come new hopes, new dreams, and new answers. Where thinking was stranded in potential disasters, in daylight, I see new opportunities and solutions. It is as if God is saying to me, “Do you now want my advice?” And with the new day, my mind changes channels. Instead of listening to voices of disaster, I can focus on my Lord who overcomes all things.
This scripture reminds me, “Joy comes in the morning.” It has been said that “joy” is the acrostic for “Jesus over you.” Joy is more than happiness. Happiness is based on circumstances. Joy is based on confidence that my relationship with Jesus is the source of my answer.
Now, I see the difference between the anxiety of 3:00 A.M. and the joy of sunrise. When I am in the dark with my thoughts, I am the focus of my life. When I am in the light with my thoughts, Jesus is the focus of my life.
May all of us allow the light of God’s love to show us we are never alone or helpless if we allow Jesus to be the controller of our life. He said, “In this world you will have trouble, but be of good cheer. I have overcome the world.” If you feel like you are in a dark time of worry, look forward for the hand of God. He is the one who holds the future and is the one who dispels the darkness with a new day of possibility.