If you’re anything like me, the past few months have been nothing short of exhausting. What started as a few weeks of shelter-in-place has turned into months of a socially distanced, mask mandated, deeply divided society. I don’t know if you can feel it too, but the weight of the world is so heavy right now. In all my years of being a Christian, I have never physically been able to feel the warfare that is going on more than I can right now. The spiritual battle that is raging around us right now is threatening to divide the church and Christians everywhere are turning against each other over what we believe to be “right” and “wrong”. And over and over and over all I can ask God is, “How much longer do we have to endure this?”
Endurance during trials is nothing new. It was present in the early church and it was present during the life of David. In fact, Psalm 30 is David’s praise to God after a trial. And that is just one example of many in the book of Psalms. But verse 5 gives us some hope: “weeping may tarry for the night but JOY comes with the morning” (emphasis mine). This season of trials that we are enduring right now, is just that – a season. This is not going to last forever. Scripture is clear that nothing we face on this earth is permanent. We don’t belong here. Our citizenship is in heaven (Philippians 3:20). So the endurance that we are called to now is one that has a great reward: eternal glory with the Father! We can endure this season of trials because we have hope that JOY is going to follow it.
I don’t know where your endurance is struggling today, but let me be the one to encourage you: this won’t last forever! Weeping, pain, suffering, trials, sickness…you name it…it only lasts for the night. Joy, hope, better days, HEAVEN…it’s all coming. There is hope. Fight the good fight, 2 Timothy 4:7 says. Finish the race strong. The reward is completely worth it.
I started my page by stamping the word “joy” and “morning” with the Zion Alpha set from Creative Retreat. I filled in the remaining words with the letter tiles from the “Victorious” kit as well as the March 2020 Kit, “Count it all Joy.” Using various elements from the sticker set and stamp set, I decorated the remainder of the margin. I added a short prayer and date stamp to the bottom.
There are still a handful of kits available in the shop, or you can grab the digital version here if you would like to join us!