God Restores & Brings Joy

It seemed like a dream when the Lord brought us back to the city of Zion. We celebrated with laughter and joyful songs. In foreign nations it was said, “The LORD has worked miracles for His people.” And so we celebrated because the LORD had indeed worked miracles for us. (Psalm 126:1-3 CEV)

As she watched her husband being baptized, she knew she was witnessing a miracle. Tears streamed down her face as her thoughts reflected on the long, hard road that led him here. Enduring years of his alcohol and work addiction, she had spent so much time alone, tending to their children and talking to God. When she was fearful about finances or their children’s future, she leaned into the Lord even harder, looking to Him for the leadership she lacked at home, praying and believing that one day her husband would step into his God-given role.

Twenty years later, her husband’s heart changed, and now she stood humbled and submitted to God’s Spirit like never before. But he wasn’t the only one.

In the painfully long struggle, she had experienced God’s tender mercies and saving grace, day by day. Her dependence on His Spirit had grown so strong that her heart sang no matter what situation she faced. By experience, she knew her Savior was near, and she was safe.

We, too, can rest in hope regardless of our current circumstances when we realize God’s goodness. He is God with us, our peace amid unpleasant realities. Today, draw closer to Him and pour out your heart’s cry. Though we weep for a season, we rest knowing that with the Lord, unspeakable joy comes with the morning.

The whole earth is filled with awe at Your wonders; where morning dawns, where evening fades, You call forth songs of joy. (Psalm 65:8 NIV)

This is an excerpt from Rest in Hope by Jennifer Gerelds. Looking for more inspiration? Check out our Devotional Library and be sure to sign up for our e-newsletter to receive free articles, updates from our Ecard Studio as well as exclusive deals.