Sunday, April 16, 2017

Refreshment if you've been Crying



I search for solutions when I have a problem, don’t you? 10 years ago I had a health problem and I found the solution was to eat better, manage my stress and exercise. I wish I could tell you all my problems ceased since. Good thing I ran into this:

"When they walk through the Valley of Weeping,
   it will become a place of refreshing springs.
   The autumn rains will clothe it with blessings.
 They will continue to grow stronger,
   and each of them will appear before God in Jerusalem." Psalm 84:6-7 (NLT)

As a Bible student, I know not to take things out of context so I looked closely at the verses before and the verses after. The writers were clearly speaking about the joys of people who go to church and look to God for help. That basically describes me.
I found it interesting that the authors mention that such people live in God’s house singing His praises (you KNOW that’s me). The psalm seamlessly moves to the verses I shared with you. They write “WHEN they walk through the Valley of Weeping” because we all weep. We don’t show it on Facebook but weeping we do.
I’ve had my share of weeping too. I search for solutions to such tears. As I read Psalm 84 I find that my valley of weeping will become a place of refreshing springs if I keep walking. I can’t park in my valley of weeping, I have to keep walking till I reach the autumn rains that will clothe it with blessings.
Another undeniable key theme is that the psalmists are writing about people who are planted in the house of God. I find it very important to be planted in the house of the Lord because those who live in such way flourish (Psalm 92:13).
Back to the crying. If like me, you’ve cried many tears, let’s keep walking towards refreshment. Remember that as you refresh others, you will be refreshed (Proverbs 11:25). I am advocating for taking a break from crying to be useful to others. We all have much to give. Time, a listening ear, a word of encouragement… we all have something to give.
I know you have been crying, I’ve been crying too. Let’s stay planted in the house of the Lord. While we’re weeping, let’s keep walking. When you take a break from all the crying, lend somebody a hand. Trust me, there’s refreshment coming.

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