I am hurting. I’m frustrated. I saw a picture of the UNCC gunman on online news and it made me curse! (Ok, well, not out loud. My kids were around. But in my mind there was a stream of expletives I will not transcribe here.) So in my disgust and despondency, I do what I usually do. I turn to the Bible to see if the ancient can give perspective to my present – to try to make some sort of sense of this nonsense. I needed a promise from God to hold onto.
“Does God have a promise for someone like me and the people of Charlotte?
He’d better. Anyone can give pep talks, but if God is who he claims to be, he better have a word for the hurting and for me.
Self-help manuals might get you through a bad mood or a tough patch. But not this level of pain! Not for the hundreds of students who ran out of their classes with their hands raised, while armed officers ran past them to apprehend the shooter. The trauma they endured will not easily heal. Not to mention the disparity and utter loss being experienced by the families of those slain. They are hurting. I can feel it. Ugh, our whole city feels it.
Not only are Charlotte’s flags hung at half mast, so are the souls of it’s people. We are in morning.
Does God have a word for this darkness we are experiencing?
He does. The promise begins with this phrase: “Weeping may last through the night” (Ps. 30:5 NLT).
Of course, you knew that much. You didn’t need to read the verse to know its truth.
Weeping can last through the night. Just ask the father at the cemetery or the mother in the emergency room. The student who lost his best friend can tell you. So can the teacher who now has an unoccupied seat in her class.
Weeping may last through the night, and the next night, and the next…
This is not new news to you.
But this may be: “Joy comes with the morning” (Ps. 30:5 NLT).
Despair will not rule the day. Sorrow will not last forever. The darkness may not part as dramatically as we desire. But morning comes, and with it comes joy.”
We are weeping through this night, CHARLOTTE, but morning will come. I am holding on to this promise made by God. I hope you will too.