Mourning to Morning
by Danny Tariman
“You will grieve, but your grief will become joy.” (John 16:20)
I saw in my Facebook page a group called “Mourning to Morning.”
What a beautiful catchword!
I don’t know the group but it seems a good description of how we, Christians, should handle frustrations, defeats and problems. While we mourn our situations, we should look forward to “mornings” which signify a new day, a new hope.
A few years back, my overseas work contract abruptly ended because of a change in management. I was not bitter, but I was saddened of this development in my career. I had lost substantial earning capacity.
I kept my faith in the Lord. I held on to His word that He is the “God who richly provides us with all things for our enjoyment” (1 Timothy 6:17). I was not able to get a job immediately after I went home, but this gave our family more bonding time after years of being away. We went to beaches and islands, explored mountains and volcanoes, and toured many places. Meanwhile, consulting jobs came in and God prospered us.
God turned my sadness into joy!
Reflection: “Rejoice in the Lord always. I shall say it again: rejoice! Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God.” (Philippians 4:4,6)
Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for all the blessings. I pray that You will meet all my needs, and even my dreams, for my enjoyment. Amen.
[This reflection is published in Didache May 25, 2017 — both online & hardcopy editions]