Reuben has an Internet Radio in his nursery – so that I can adjust him to American Country Music early in life! He seems to like it – so far so good! Last week, a song I had forgotten came on, during which I had a little cry (my hormones are still raging!). This is the song I heard –
The words of the first verse brought back memories of the very first night Gavin and I arrived home with our precious little bundle. I was 24 hours post surgery (I had insisted on coming home early) and we had no idea what we had let ourselves in for! Reuben cried from 12pm until 7am, when I finally went to mums bedroom and handed him to her to take charge of. I will never forget Gavin’s pale and shocked face at 3.30am saying to me “I heard about sleepless nights but I didn’t know it meant NO sleep nights! I cannot cope with this” and with that he rolled over and went to sleep. I stayed awake holding a screaming newborn, with no clue what to do next, never mind how to cope the next day!
Thankfully the words of the song are correct, it wasn’t like that for long and we have only had one or two other nights when the crying has come close to that of the first. But there have been many other occasions when I have had to remind myself “It won’t be like this for long”. Sometimes it’s the encouragement I need to enjoy a special moment with Reuben and not to rush his growth forward. Others it’s to help me keep going through exhaustion and fustration, remembering that someday these night and days will seem like a distant memory and one thing is for sure – I can never get them back!
“It won’t be like this for long” are words we all need to hear at some point. As I said, perhaps to allow us to enjoy and celebrate a moment in time, or to promise us that present difficulties won’t last forever.
One of my favourite verses in the Bible fits with this song well –
“Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.” (Psalm 30:5)
I’ve been thinking it over since and thought I’d share what’s been in my head.
I have clung to the verse many times over the years, and probably will do for years to come. “Weeping” aka pain, worry, heartache, sadness, grief, illness and fear have, at times, been my present reality. But the promise, of the verse is the Psalms, is that “This too will pass”. Often I have wished that I could take the verse literally – i.e. believing the “night” it mentions refers to one evening, or a 12 hour period, before the darkness disappears and the light/ joy comes in! You, like me, probably know that this is just not the case. Times of real struggle tend to have a shelf life greater than 12 hours! The most frustrating part is often, that we don’t know how much longer we are going to have to wait for things to change or move forward.
I wonder if those words from the Bible resonate with you? Are you in the midst of pain or weeping and wonder how much longer you can cope or when things will actually begin to change? Does the “night” seem long and never ending and it’s hard to believe that you’ll ever know anything other than where you are now? Perhaps as you read those words your response is “yeah right, this is how it’s going to be forever”; maybe it stirs hope within you to keep pressing on. I wish I had the answers to when the hard times we face will come to an end. You too might wish I, or someone else, had those answers. I’m sorry, I can’t promise you more than this – “It won’t be like this for long”…“Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning”.
The hope and truth is that joy is coming! There will be a “morning” to the “night” that you are facing. Hang in there! Whether it’s relief from night feeds, colic and feeling completely overwhelmed by the role of being mum (yes, please!!); a heart that needs to be healed; a broken relationship that needs to be restored; financial issues that need help; a job that’s stressful and complicated; a family problem that needs mending; or peace in the midst of fear and worry about the future – the morning will come. Night always, eventually, turns to day. Cling to that. I do and I am.
But the better news is this verse also points to a greater time than the end to our current problems – the return of Jesus Christ. God promises, on that day, the “night” will be over FOREVER. There will be no more tears, heartache and pain. We don’t know when that day will be, but it will come and all things will, once and for all, be put right. God has said it, so that’s exactly how it will be. Jesus Christ is returning – and the joy He will bring far out shadows any present difficulty I am facing now, or in the future. In that, I can find confidence and hope.
Perhaps what you need to hear today is “It won’t be like this for long”. That might encourage you to live in the moment and not take for granted all there is to enjoy around you. If so, that’s great! On the other hand, maybe it will give you hope that, despite what you can see in the middle of the dark night, things will change and this season will pass. That’s exactly what I am holding to at present. I might feel like the road is long and wonder if I can cope another day with emotions that are all over the place, but I can trust that sometime (hopefully sooner rather than later!) I will feel the joy of the morning. I can believe that “This too will pass”. I pray that you do too.
“Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning!” Amen to that – thank you, Jesus!