“His mercies are new every morning (Lamentations 3:23).” If I could just get through the night, his mercies would be new when the light broke over the horizon. When I saw that first hint of light, I could breathe a sigh of relief because his mercies were new. Every day he’d give me new strength, new life, new energy, and new love for this tiny unpredictable child in my arms.
We have to trust that where we’ve seen God work before, where we’ve seen him faithful, he will always be faithful. And even if we haven’t walked hard rocky trails before, we’ve seen other people run them with abandon. We’ve seen men and women of faith who have walked before us, and we have seen God be faithful. We need to trust that if there is beauty for them, God also has planned beauty for us.
The Lord wants us to get away with him. He wants us to take a minute and recharge and reboot. In these days, when we need rest the most, we have to be proactive. It seems counterintuitive to add another thing into our schedule in order to get rest, but did you hear what He’s offering? He is offering a life that is “free” and “light.” I want that, do you?
I think the devil is literally prowling around looking for tiny holes that he can drive over, step on, pick a, and make bigger and bigger. And how can we stop this? How can we prevent him from devouring our marriages? We can be alert…
Above all else, in every conversation, in every facet of our life, we need to love God and love our neighbor. And who is our neighbor? Everyone, or as my two year old says “all the peoples.” We are called to love our enemies, and we will be known to others by this love.
There are too many bad things happening, too many people getting hurt, and too many burdens to carry. We are overstimulated and there is only one solution: go to a quiet room, and be comforted by someone who has no stress. And there’s only one way to enter into this kind of comfort: real, quiet time with God.
In these incredible times of trouble, there was nowhere to look but up, so look up we did. And the Lord was with us: weeping with us, pushing through closed doors with us, opening up opportunities, holding us, being strong for us, being patient with us. Every time there was an impossible roadblock, something no human could surpass, the Lord provided a way, and it was always more, and better than anything we could have created ourselves.