23 Be glad, people of Zion,
rejoice at what the Lord your God has done for you.
He has given you the right amount of autumn rain;
he has poured down the winter rain for you
and the spring rain as before.
24 The threshing places will be full of grain;
the pits beside the presses will overflow with wine and olive oil.
Joel 2:23-24 GNT
Sometimes we look at the glass as half empty--when we should look at it half full. Our God is such a gracious God that even when we deserve to be punished, He always brings us back with grace. He always blesses us more than we could ever bless Him.
When we are going through times of trial, it may seem like years have gone by with no break from the turmoil. But oh, to the contrary, my dear friend. Our God has used our turmoil for our own growth. He has used it to make something that wasn't what it could be, to make it what it should be.
When you read these above verses, I have a request--first, pray over them. Then secondly, please break them down, verse by verse, and glean from them what the Lord wants you to glean. You may be surprised what insight you'll receive when you are purposeful with your gleaning. And then share that insight with someone that you trust. What a difference it'll make!