30:11 "You have turned my mourning into joyful
dancing. You have taken away my clothes of mourning
and clothed me with joy.
with someone who is sad, disappointed, and depressed can be a very
discouraging ordeal. Most of us, at some point, have been
down this path with those whom we loved and desperately wanted to help,
but unfortunately our efforts to rescue them out of the pit did not
work. We empathized with them but instead of drawing them
out of their sorrow and grief, we have fallen into
the same pit with them. We ended up allowing their
misery to dominate our lives.
remember that my dad had a better remedy for these kinds of
situations. Instead of joining the darkness, he always brought
light. He created a victory in the midst of defeat. My
problems as a child were minor, but there were times that I became
sad or would pout when things were not going my way.
When my dad saw me entertaining a negative mood of this sort, he
would begin to tease me. He would say funny things, make
ridiculous faces, and often physically tickle me in order to draw me
out of my self imposed doom and gloom. It usually only took a few
minutes for him to have me in good spirits and laughing
hysterically. His positive response to my needs turned my
mourning into joy and caused me to forget the sadness that
was in my heart.
dad passed away many years ago, but I still have someone who
can successfully turns my mourning into joy. His name is
Jesus. He understands all of my heart aches and
pains. He listens to my problems as I rehearsed them over
and over again, but He never crawls into the pit with me. Jesus does not make funny noises or ridiculous faces like my dad did and He certainly never tickles me. But He is very present in my life and He knows what will strengthen
and encourage me. He will direct me to a scripture, which will be
a personal Word of encouragement or cause a song of deliverance to
suddenly spring up in my heart that will give me joy.
is present in your life as well. You just need to recognize
that He is near and receive His personal ministry to you. As
you focus on His goodness and call out to Him, He will change your
darkness into light and bring happiness back into your life.
Trust in Him because He knows you better than you know yourself.
61:1-3 tells us how the Lord ministers to all of us when we are down
and discouraged. Jesus is anointed by God to speak good news into
our lives. He knows how to bind up our broken heart and to set us
free from the things that hold us in bondage and
captivity. He will give us beauty for our ashes, the
oil of joy for mourning, and the garment of praise for the spirit of
heaviness. The Lord does this so that we can have and enjoy life,
but we must be willing to receive His love and ministry to
us. We must believe in Him and ask Him to bring us the
restoration and joy that we need in our lives. As we yield to His
Spirit, He will turn our mourning into joyful dancing and we
will not only be blessed but He will be glorified in our lives. +++