Joy Comes In The Morning

Last summer, on the many days that Charlie woke up early (more days that not), we would enjoy walks on the beach.  I would always reflect on the verse that says “joy comes in the morning” (Psalm 30:5) and it felt like I was in a new season of life.  I was expectant of what that season would be, but never would I have thought that it would lead me down the road of trials that it did. However in that time, I got to experience God’s love for me and His faithfulness in new ways.

It was about 6 months later that I was at the beach having dinner with my friend Annie.  sunsetAbout a week earlier I felt kind of sick, and was wondering if I may be pregnant.  The test came back negative, but it didn’t really affect me too much because I really believed that I wouldn’t get pregnant until the summer.  At the beach that night Annie asked me how I was feeling after getting the negative test, and I told her I was okay because again I didn’t expect to get pregnant so soon anyway.  She said that I still could be pregnant because I had taken the test early, and being a couple weeks before Easter I said “wouldn’t it be a great Easter present if I was pregnant!”. The sunset was beautiful that night, probably one of the most beautiful sunsets I have ever watched.  I felt like it was a gift from God to watch and that my season was ending.

After Charlie went to bed that night I decided to take another pregnancy test, one of those digital ones that says “yes” or “no”.  It felt like it took forever to calculate the answer, and I was honestly surprised when the test came back with the words “YES” on it!  I texted Annie and said “looks like I am getting my Easter gift after all!”

For his anger is but for a moment, and his favor is for a lifetime.
Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.
As for me, I said in my prosperity, “I shall never be moved.”
By your favor, O Lord, you made my mountain stand strong.
Psalm 30:5-7

What a gift.  The promise and hope of new life.  What a reflection of Easter.  When Jesus rose again from the dead, so the world would know who He is, and so we would have the promise of new life.

When a child is conceived after miscarriage they are known as rainbow babies.  It seems like such as fitting name as God sent Noah a rainbow as a covenant of His promise.  His promise of hope, His promise of love, His promise of faithfulness.  Embrace the season you are in.  No matter what the season is, these are days full of His love, faithfulness, joy, and hope.  For those who hold on, He makes their mountain to stand strong.  I am posting this at night, because soon we will all turn to sleep. Tomorrow is a new day with a promise and hope that a new day has come.  Morning comes. Joy comes in the morning.

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