Out in the Wash

For his anger lasts only a moment,
but his favor lasts a lifetime;
weeping may stay for the night,
but rejoicing comes in the morning. Psalm 30:5

During my toughest days in language school, one of my military instructors saw the confusion and frustration on our faces. If he said it once, he said it a hundred times, “Gentlemen, it’ll all come out in the wash.” No matter what we were trying to cram into our heads, no matter how many words we were required to memorize, we’d do it if we did it step by step, piece by piece. People around us were dropping out and being sent on menial assignments to out of the way places.

During that year I went from studying 7+ hours a night in the beginning to 30 minutes by the end of the course. Yes, it all came out in the wash.

Among the people reading this devotional are those who are in the “weeping may stay for the night” stage.

You have no shortage of heartache and troubles.

The tears no longer flow.

You can no longer lift your eyes to heaven because you can’t find the words.

For you heaven is silent and God is distant.

Your pain is real.

I know you can’t see it right now, but it will come out in the wash. Somehow, some way. You will look back on this time and see the dryness and silence as God continuing to draw you to Him.

Yes, my situation was very different and my heartache less troublesome than you’re experiencing, but it doesn’t mean it wasn’t real.

Rejoicing will come in the morning.

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