You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; You have loosed my sackcloth and girded me with gladness, That my soul may sing praise to you and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks to You forever. - Psalm 30:11-12 NASB
We've had a strange beginning to spring here in the Kansas City area this year. In late March to early April all of the trees and flowers were displaying their shows of color and it was absolutely gorgeous around here. But then the cold wave came for about a week with extended nights of below-freezing temperatures. Some areas even got a few inches of snow. So now the trees, flowers and shrubs are having to start over again. And although it will take awhile for them to come back around to being green again, the fact remains that they will.
Do you see what this pictures in life? Everything in the physical world is an example of something spiritual. To me, as I've thought about those trees, I think of how even though we get smacked down by trials in our lives, we always have hope for restoration. Like the trees, it may take awhile for the "green" to come back in our lives, but it always will in a matter of time.
The psalmist in Psalm 30 knew this to be true as well. In fact, from the passage it sounds as if he experienced personally his sadness being turned into gladness by God. Our Savior is a savior in more ways than one - on an eternal basis as well as a daily basis. The secret is in first knowing Jesus as Savior and Lord of our lives, and then secondly, getting to know and trust Him through daily reading of His Word, prayer and the fellowship of other Christians. God will provide. He will supply all of our needs so that we will in turn praise His glorious name. What is your need today? He can provide for it, even if it is a need for Him to turn your mourning into dancing.