This verse has been comforting this morning as I had quite a hard time falling asleep last night, for a couple of reasons. First, yesterday would have been the 25th birthday of my sister Courtney's very best friend and an honorary member of our family, Jamie Nicole. She passed away in a fatal car accident when she was just 17 years old. It's impossibly hard to believe that someone so full of life can be gone in an instant, and yet she was. The year I was 17 was one of the most wonderful times in my life so far, so to think she's forever 17 and away from the hurt and pain of this world makes it a little easier to think about. That and the fact that I know I'll see her again thanks to the grace and mercy we are given.
The second reason I had trouble falling asleep is because I could not stop thinking of the tragedy that happened in Boston yesterday. It's hard to believe there are people out there that truly wish to hurt, injure and kill innocent human beings. It's a scary world we live in and it is only going to get worse. My heart just breaks for everyone who was there yesterday. I can't imagine the panic they must have felt on what was supposed to be a fun day filled with celebration.
But, thankfully - I woke up this morning and the sun was shining and I was reminded again that JOY, not evil, comes in the morning.
Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning. Psalm 30:5
I was also reminded this morning of a verse that was comforting after the passing of Jamie Nicole.
He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pay. All these things are gone forever. Revelation 21:4
While the thought of spending eternity anywhere seems like a very long time (hello, forever?) it is nice to know that where I will be spending it has a description such as that. Days like yesterday are reminders that this is our temporary home, and thank you Jesus for that.
During a tragedy it's so easy to focus on the evil people who are responsible, but it's so moving (humbling, comforting, etc.) to see many more forget their own needs and rush to help others.