Morning Thought: Life is full of valleys of lamentation. It would be naive to think that your walk with God does not have times of weeping. But in these valleys, there are lilies––beautiful pieces of God’s detailed artistry. On the mountain top, we see the Lord’s glorious victory. In the valley, we behold the thoughtful detail he creates in our lives––the very fragrance of Christ that our Father infuses within us in our darkness. Tet ט is the ninth letter in the Hebrew alphabet and begins one of the most precious Hebrew words: tov טוב. After God created everything, he stepped back and said it was “tov meod טוב מאד”, very good or extremely beautiful. Alone, lamentations are not good. But alongside everything God is creating within you, they are like the dark parts of a painting: they cause the brighter colours to pop. When we reach the heart of the Book of Lamentations, we come into the tov טוב ‘field’ (Lamentations 3:25-27). Each verse of this triplet trove begins with tov טוב. “The Lord is good טוב” even amid my weeping; my tears serve to water the ground for the seeds of God’s Word to flourish. Tet ט looks like a basket, and in this basket, the Lord stores beautiful treasures. When you weep, he personally hands you one of his chosen gems from this container of his goodness. The Tet ט portion of Psalm 119 begins by saying, “Good––so good––you’ve been to your servant; O Yahweh, just like your word states” (Psalm 119:65, my translation).