"To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness: that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified." Isaiah 61:3
IN JESUS TODAY!
That he might be glorified, we understand this visitation of mourning. The times when our heart is squeezed like a wet sponge, it is in these times that Jesus captures our tears even as we are soaked in the flood of mourning from our heart. He captures our tears and begins a healing. It seems that in these times healing is far from us, that joy has left us and forgotten how much we are in need, and that there is no beauty around in any place that we look, but with each tear that we shed, Jesus draws near! Often the world seems so unfair, many are hit with diseases that do not discriminate, with tragedies that sweep in to destroy, and with hard times mentally, physically, economically, or socially that just don't seem fair! Why do bad things happen to good people? To the rich and to the poor alike, to those that live holy and to those that do not? These tests and trials are blind to the choice of whom they should go to! We can only know this, "It is appointed unto man once to die and then the judgment" Questions such as, How is it that Jesus is glorified in our pain? or How is it that Jesus is glorified in our death? these begin to surface. Their answer is in: How we respond in these tragic times! Herein is Jesus glorified, when our tears turn into joy, when our ruined lives are healed and turned into trees of righteousness, and when we stand tall and praise him despite our pain, despite our sorrow, and despite the heaviness of tragedy!
As Christians we have this confidence, knowing that Jesus is always at work causing all of this to work together for our good, as it is written, "For your shame ye shall have double, and for confusion they shall rejoice in their portion: therefor in their land they shall possess the double: everlasting joy shall be unto them." Isaiah 61:7 Friends we might think that we know what these times look like, but know this, Jesus is always at work and never ceases! He himself changes not, but he can change us and our situation!