For his anger lasts only a moment,
but his favor lasts a lifetime;
weeping may stay for the night,
but rejoicing comes in the morning.
Psalm 30:5 (NIV)
One of the hardest lessons in life to learn is that if there is no pain there is no gain. My grandson, 3 years old, has decided that he does not wish to go to nursery school each morning when his mother goes to work. He wants to stay home with his toys and have mom play with him.
He simply cannot see that in order for him to have clothes, food, a nice home to live in, his single mom must go out and work. This means he must go to nursery school and play there with some great friends he has.
I suppose we may say he is going through a phase of life, but what of the time when he wants to quit school and take any low paying job just so he can have a car and drive young ladies around? Will we persuade him that if he does not go through the pain of getting a good education he will always live near or in the poverty level?
What is going to happen when he needs an operation for removal of his tonsils or appendix? I well recall the tears when—as a 9 year old—I was led to the operating room in the doctor’s office to have my tonsils out. Oh how I wanted to run away and hide from the kindly doctor who would do the terrible deed.
What of the many surgeries I have had as an adult? I have learned that there is no reason to be afraid as the Good Shepherd walks ahead of my gurney and the orderly pushes me down the corridors and into the operating room.
I can even look around and see the gleaming instruments that will be used on me without fear. But I had to go through fearful times as a child in order to find myself accustomed to the negative aspects of health issues. The pain of fear was gone by the third or fourth surgery. No pain, no gain.
If the Lord served all of our needs to us on a silver platter, how would it distort our personalities? All of us have met people who have everything go their way all of the time. They seem to live charmed lives—as some would say.
The promise that every child of God holds on to is the verse for today. We may weep today but rejoicing comes at the dawn of eternity—if not before. We may be brought through the present problem and into glorious light in this world. Or we may have the problem as our companion until we awake in glory.
After our safe arrival in heaven we will wonder what the fuss was all about. Sadly, while still here, we will weep and be sorrowful. Do not hold back the tears, let them come. Soon your Lord will take you up and wipe all of those tears away and your endless joy will begin. Thank God we shall be rewarded for the pain here. Keep on, never lose heart, we shall have a full harvest if we do not quit.