Everything is about perception. The way you read the tone of a text or email; the way you believe your spouse or boss sees you; or the results of a test. Everything about the way you react, listen, understand…it all relies on your perception. Yesterday, a friend from church sent a text that said, “I had a dream I should pray for you. So…what should I pray for you about?”
I looked up at my husband and said, “uh-oh”. Partially because this had happened just a week earlier; a stranger from the university called to say she also had a dream that she should pray for an ‘Alyssa Ferrero’. She looked me up in the directory and called.
And Newsboys sings a song that really gets my heart pumping:
“You stay the same through the ages, Your love never changes,
There may be pain in the night, but joy comes in the mourning,”።
You see? I perceived even the wrong spelling of a word. Obviously, if the line just before it is ‘night’, the next line would say, ‘morning’.
However, I’ve come to know that pain, mourning, grief, fear, and worry are all accompanied—if you know Jesus—by immeasurable joy. They may not walk hand in hand every moment; the pain may overcome you at times, and the sadness may take over. But, trust me, when the light of morning comes through, there really is joy in the mourning.
I’m still unsure as to why all these people are needing to pray for me, however…