In all my years living in Europe, I had never seen a European Weeping Beech tree. But recently in Rhode Island, on the grounds of the Château sur Mer in Newport I saw this incredible sight! The drooping branches were so thick, the trunk was not even visible. The English call it the “upside down tree!” I am familiar with the Weeping Willow, but apparently there are several species of trees that are called, “Weeping,” if they grow pendulous branches. That sad weepy look is so strange looking. I am not sure I would want such a sad looking tree in my yard.
Today’s verse describes a weeping that ends in joy! What an amazing reversal promised to the Israelites! The Lord would bring back their captives and restore their fortunes causing all the neighboring nations to sit up and take notice. The Lord will be known as having done great things for them. All those tears are replaced with laughter and songs of joy!
This promise has many layers as we too can look forward to a time when our weeping and sorrow will be transformed! Laughter and joy will echo in the halls of Heaven as I enjoy a hope that is realized forever! Weeping will be a distant memory. Everything sad and awful will seem light compared to the weight of glory that I will one day enjoy! (II Cor. 4:17)
So much sadness in this life now, but before long, “One glimpse of His dear face, all sorrow will erase!” Better than anything I can dream, His joy and recompense will exceed every expectation!
Thank you Lord, for the songs of joy yet to be sung!
(Look familiar? This is a re-post due to summer ministry schedule.)