We all experience some degree of rain in our lives. That rain may present itself in the forms of a loved one’s death, job loss, rejection by someone we love, the children growing up and moving away … the list can go on. It is during such times that we persevere in worship and we determine to place one foot in front of the other. Understanding may not come to our finite minds, but as believers, we do cling to one promise and that is our God will never leave us or forsake us.

          The Bible is clear about those who weep for the night. It speaks of the joy that they will experience in the morning. It even goes further than that description by sharing the application of that principle. The Israelites were devastated by their losses. They had been exiled from their homeland, their lives were riddled with loss, their clothes were soaked by tears. Yet God promised them through the words of His prophet that they would once again take up the tambourine and go forth in the dance of the merrymakers. They would return to their homeland. Their lives would be rebuilt, and great joy would be restored to them.

          Their promise is ours today. No matter how cataclysmic the changes in our lives have been, we are promised that if we hold tight to His unchanging hand, He will change all that sadness into joy unspeakable, when the rain stops.

          Jeremiah 31:1-14

          Lisa Eppinette