What a Difference a Night Makes

"It's always darkest before the dawn."

With those words, my mama would tuck a sad child into bed; sing a song, give a kiss, and say, "Just wait and see.  Things will look brighter in the morning."

stormy seas;
tossing, turning, spraying mist

calm waters;
smooth as glass

Same beach, same ocean.
What's the difference?

12 hours

Sometimes all that is needed is a hug and a kiss and a good night's sleep,
and sometimes we just have to wait for the winds to change.

Even if what you're facing seems to have no end in sight, this won't last forever.  Life with all its joys and cares is just a blink.  Before you know it, you'll wake up and see your time upon this earth in a different light.  Even the heaviest burden is light and momentary when compared with the treasure that is at stake.

Don't give up your courage.  Hold on to the God of your faith.
Live this day, this season, well.  It will be worth it tomorrow.

"We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed... We never give up.... For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever." 2 Cor. 2:8-9, 16-18

"Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning."  Psalm 30:5