Joy Comes When?
On many an occasion, someone has quoted to me, “Joy comes in the morning” (Ps. 30:5). Why do you think the morning is so special? Why doesn’t joy come in the middle of the afternoon, or at midnight? Is there something about the night that generates joy, so that first thing in the morning we are joyful? Maybe we ought to look at the context of the statement. The Psalmist precedes this statement with the words, “weeping may endure for a night” (Ps. 30:5). Ah ha! Joy follows weeping. No! That can’t be true. Sometimes night weeping is followed by morning weeping. Sometimes joy doesn’t come in the morning. Sometimes joy comes at noon. Enough speculation! Joy does not usually come as a result of the trouble-free, casual times of life, but rather joy is distilled from a unique mixture of challenge, stress, risk, and hope. Helen Keller, who knew both joy and weeping, said, “We could never learn to be brave and patient if there were only joy in the world.” So be patient, even in the midst of tears. Joy is on the way – and, like weeping, it may come when you least expect it.