New Every Morning
I recently finished a bible study called Steadfast Love by Debbie Alsdorf. As I was nearing the end of the study I wasn’t satisfied with what I was taking away from it, not because it wasn’t a great study though. In this study I became familiar with new scriptures and gained insight into others I have heard many times. I tend to do the work in most studies but not slow down enough to let what I am learning sink in. I didn’t want to do that this time around. So in an attempt to truly understand the love of God I am now going back to read through the study pausing to meditate on the scriptures, to the point of memorization if necessary, to let them get in my heart. My goal is to not only know about the love of God but truly believe that I am a dearly love child of God and live as such, just as stated in Ephesians 5:1.
One of those scriptures I am reviewing is Lamentations 3:21-23.
21 Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope:
22 Because of the LORD's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.
23 They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
In this particular passage the writer of the book is in a bad place and throwing himself a pity party. He has his mind on his problems and is burdened by despair. However, in verse 21 his heart and mind make a shift. He stops focusing on his concerns and circumstances and begins to focus on God’s goodness, mercy, kindness and faithfulness. He focuses on God’s love. He recognizes that Gods compassions are new every morning. As I am reading this I realize “I get this!” I experience this with my children. Let me explain.
Even though it is October already, I am just now getting the hang of our new school year schedule. Although I try to avoid the triggers, late afternoon through early evening tend to be a little stressful. A typical afternoon includes snack, homework, dinner, clean-up, bath and bed time stories for various aged children. Sometimes we even squeeze in play dates or after school activities into the fray. Things don’t always go smoothly. There are nights when dinner is not well received, and clean up doesn’t go as quickly as I would like. When I usher the kids upstairs for our night time routine it seems as though someone has turned up the energy dial on them. They wrestle, giggle and doddle while they get dressed for bed and brush their teeth. You can understand why by the time I am tucking my little ones to bed I am exhausted, my patience is stretched and selfishly all I can think about is just sitting down to relax. Sometimes I am not so pleasant to be around, but I am getting better!
The next morning is a different story. I am well rested, optimistic about the day. It seems as if any patience, grace or favor my kids have exhausted the night before is renewed. I am so excited to see their precious little faces and kiss them. If I am especially sleepy that day I’ll crawl into bed with them and cuddle as I am waking them up for school. Sometime we joke that maybe they should just stay home and cuddle all day.
That’s how God feels about us but it is even better with Him. Even though it may not feel this way, we could never use up His allotted portion of grace and mercy for us. Just when we think we have, we get a fresh new start to each day. We can count on His compassions to never fail. Just as we receive God’s forgiveness and mercy He wants us to extend it to others, those who have hurt or offended us. And, yes, even to our children who try our patience on a regular basis. The love I have for my children could never compare to the love God has for us but it does give me just a glimpse at the fullness of His. It’s only the tip of the iceberg but one step closer to my sweet spot.