Monday, July 2, 2012

He Can Turn Mourning into More Than Just Joy

I just finished week three of Beth Moore's James study. What insight she has into God's Word. What a thought provoking message James gives us to mull over and apply to our lives.

I have often heard the statements, "Joy comes in the morning" and "He will turn weeping into dancing."  I have always believed that God can turn our mourning into joy. I have been clinging to that promise as a drowning woman reaching for life preserver.

Beth (and God's Word) teaches us that

-- joy and anguish can coexist  (James 1:2) 

-- anguish and joy can swap places (Isaiah 61)

But it is the idea that mental anguish is like the mind in labor, a labor that leads to a birthing, that totally caught my attention (John 16:20-22).

WHAT?! Come again?!

I know he can turn the rough spots into good.  I grew up believing that He works all things together for our good, for those that love Him.  But the thought that He will create something amazing and indelible with this pain?

Really?  For me? Me?!

What a relief!  What a peaceful, exciting, unbelievable thought!

I cannot wait to see what God allows to be birthed in me as a result of the most heart-wrenching experience I have ever had. To think that one day, I will be able to say that I wouldn't trade this present pain for a new and wonderful creation/ministry/opportunity is practically unfathomable.

But God is able.  More than able.  And willing.  Thank goodness He is willing.

And this very thought has made me so incredibly joyful.

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