Joy is a great option for Word of the Year. To choose joy in our lives is very powerful, but sometimes it isn’t about choosing joy but instead holding out for it… waiting for it’s arrival. It can be recognizing my current situation but choosing not to stay there too long.
There may be pain in the night, but JOY comes in the morning.
I decided to hit the internet and look at translations of this Scripture, and I’ll be honest… I don’t personally know all of the ones I listed… nor do I endorse them. Just keep reading to see why I included them.
Weeping may endure for a night, But a shout of joy comes in the morning. AMP
At night we may cry, but when morning comes we will celebrate. CEV
Weeping may spend the night, but there is joy in the morning. HCSB
The nights of crying your eyes out give way to days of laughter. MSG
One may experience sorrow during the night, but joy arrives in the morning. NET
Weeping may linger for the night, but joy comes with the morning. NRSV
The deepest pains may linger through the night, but joy greets the soul with the smile of morning. VOICE
At even remaineth weeping, and at morn singing. YLT
The first thing that catches my eye through all of these translations is time. The state of sadness or sorrow is always temporary. Just for a time. Maybe overnight, maybe over the course of a few days. It is not meant to last forever.
Don’t hold on to sorrow too tightly that you can’t let it go when the time comes.
The second thing is that pain and sorrow is real, and acknowledged. Nothing about the Scriptures indicates that we are supposed to sweep it under the rug and forget about it.
We are not promised that there will be no sorrow, we are reminded it’s not the end.
The third thing is hope, that regardless of the pain… joy is coming.
There will be a day when we wake up on the other side of our trials.
Some of the translations make it seem as if joy just arrives suddenly, and we embrace it. Others treat it more like a choice or action, by shouting… singing… celebrating. We actively step out of the lingering sorrow and pain, wipe the tears away, and make the choice to smile…
… then one morning becomes another, and another, and another… until we have entered days of laughter.
One of my favorite verses about the Proverbs 31 woman is that she will “laugh at the days to come”. Her hope and faith holds her steady so that she is not afraid of what lies before her.