Are you a morning person or do you prefer the evenings? I am definitely a morning person. I love getting up early when the world around me is quiet and the darkness of night is beginning to give way to the light of a new day. Mornings hold so many new possibilities; a chance to reset and get a new perspective on the events of your life. With the morning comes a renewed feeling of hope and encouragement that this day will be different; better. You are rested and ready to take on what the new day has to offer.
A lot can happen in a day. You can wake up with a smile on your face, feeling that renewed hope of a better day, and by evening be overwhelmed by disappointments, regrets, and feeling the hurt at the hands of other people. What happened to your smile? What happened to that renewed hope? Oh, how easy it is to let the trials of this world dictate our perspective!
The author of the Book of Lamentations wrote this book after witnessing his great city being reduced to a ghost town of destruction. His city was once “the city called ‘Most Beautiful in All the World’ and ‘Joy of All the Earth’ (Lam. 2:15). Now, there is mourning and in fact, the author says this, “She sobs through the night; tears stream down her cheeks. Among all her lovers, there is no one left to comfort her. All her friends have betrayed her and become her enemies” (Lam. 1:2).
Have you ever found yourself at night with tears streaming down your face and sobs escaping through the silence as you sit all by yourself; no one there to comfort you in your pain? Have you found yourself at the end of the day feeling like all is lost; what once was the start of a beautiful beginning has ended in complete disaster? This is what the author of Lamentations describes, but, there is a sweetness stuck in the middle of his lament. After all that he has witnessed, he writes this, “The thought of my suffering and homelessness is bitter beyond words. I will never forget this awful time, as I grieve over my loss. Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this: The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies begin afresh each morning. I say to myself, “The Lord is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him!” I take much encouragement from this author’s words! When we are in a relationship with Christ, it doesn’t matter what kind of trial we may face in our day because we can know two things for sure. First, God loves us. He will not allow these trials to consume us. People will disappoint and hurt us but God never will. EVER! In fact, he tells us that his compassions will find us new every morning. Secondly, as the sun rises on a new day, if we let him, God will give us a fresh perspective. He may not change the circumstances that we are facing, but he will show us his power, faithfulness, and love. He can take those disappointments and turn them into encouragements as he shows you a new path to follow. He can take our tiredness of the night and refresh us in the light of a new day. A new perspective, a new possibility, a new reset, a new day with new mercies. This is what you will find as the sun rises on a new morning with a life rooted in the One who directs the sun to rise each day. If you are one who has experienced the tears of night, take heart, be encouraged, because a new morning is on the horizon. Are you ready?