New Every Morning.
That’s what the Bible says.
It says that His mercies are new….
…His mercies are new…not just on some mornings.
The Bible says that His mercies are new EVERY morning.
His mercies are new…EVERY morning…
whether we have the eyes to see those mercies….or not.
Then the verse says, “Great is Your faithfulness, O Lord.”
If it were up to me, well my mercies might be new some mornings, and some evenings. But if I didn’t have my coffee, or had a rough night, or full day ahead, well, my mercies might be …not. But I’m thankful God is not like me. He is faithful, day in, day out. morning in, morning out. He is faithful every single solitary morning.
Sometimes we can see so many signs of His hand, of His mercies. Sometimes we cannot. But that doesn’t change the truth that His mercies are new. Every morning. Whether we see the sun rising or not, it still rises. Same concept.
Great is His faithfulness. His steadfastness. His keeping promises. Great are these.
And maybe if we find ourselves losing sight of His mercies, well, we need to be intentional and vigilant about opening our eyes to see them. Maybe we need to seek them out. What we seek, we often see.
This past Saturday, a sweet friend and I did just that. We drove the hour and a half to see the sunrise in Blowing Rock, NC. It didn’t disappoint. At all. (Getting up at 3:30 a.m. felt very intentional by the way!)
Do you know that when I saw that mountain view, I could feel myself breathing again. I mean, really breathing. The wind was blowing and it was actually pretty cold. The air was fresh and the sky was full, and I was reminded that there is a beautiful world out there to be thankful for. I was reminded of the beauty of creation that truly does bear witness to a loving Creator…whose mercies are new every morning.
The cool thing was…there was a waiting period before that sun peeked out on the horizon. It took some time, and it couldn’t be rushed. Nope, there are some things that just take time and can’t be rushed or willed or forced. There’s a readiness factor. And sometimes in life, things can’t be forced or changed or controlled. There’s a timeline and a steady unfolding that is so not dictated by me.
I love Psalm 130:5 that says, ” I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope.” We can steep ourselves in the promises of God and be reminded of things. But sometimes there’s a big gap between the anticipation and the seeing, the waiting and the receiving. The cool thing that I have learned and am still learning is that nothing is wasted. Sometimes the most beautiful things come in the waiting. Sometimes there are lessons learned, things seen, that we wouldn’t be reached any other way than living through the in between times of waiting. .
Well, this past week I thought a lot about the verse in Lamentations… “the steadfast love of the Lord never ceases. His mercies they never come to an end. They are new every morning. Great is thy Faithfulness, O Lord.” Lamentations 3:22,23. I thought about it. And there were lots of visuals of His mercies all week. But one of the coolest happened today. Was at a hospital out of town with one of my sons (that’s another story…but once again, a reminder of my continual need for His mercies…). A dear friend came to see us, and she had a gift. It was a beautiful wooden board with a verse written on it. And what verse do you think she had written on a board? Yep. there’s a whole Bible of countless words and verses, and she chose the verse I had been focusing on all week. (And no, I hadn’t told a soul.) In the same way that a magician can pull that one card out of 52, I felt like the Lord pulled that one verse out of countless verses. But I didn’t see it as magical…I saw it a incredibly merciful…. It encouraged me so much. Yes, I can attest that God’s mercies are new every morning, and show up in the sweetest and most unexpected of ways.
So, if you find yourself needing a little refreshment, needing mercy, needing hope, well, take it from me, it is ours for the taking. God freely gives….and it’s amazing how when we seek His mercy, we have the eyes of faith to see it.