It’s all in our perspective.
Those who wept looked back on all that had been lost.
They mourned the exile
the division of Israel and Judah
the years spent in captivity and the destruction of the grand temple built by Solomon.
The younger generation, born in captivity,
rejoiced that God had set them free,
brought them to their homeland,
and allowed them to begin to rebuild.
Regardless of our age,
we have a choice of where to set out eyes.
We can dwell on the past, either with longing for earlier days or with mourning for all that we’ve lost.
Or we can look to the future,
to the promises of God,
and to the miracles we experience by His grace TODAY.
Both the weepers and the shouters stood in the same moment.
Their circumstances in that moment were the same.
The difference was entirely in their perspective.
How will I choose to view today, and tomorrow, and the next day?
Let me reflect on the past only to repent of the ways I’ve fallen short.
Let me leave those burdens at the foot of the cross and not return for them.
Give me eyes to see Your new mercies each morning.
Give me joy in the day set before me.
Give me satisfaction in the work You’ve assigned me.
Let me be one who shouts for joy!