Ahhhh, new mercies

By August 23, 2007 faith No Comments

Isn’t true that some days are just better than others? We’ve all gotten up on the wrong side of the bed feeling tired, cranky, and so-so about ourselves and our lives. Some weeks I wonder if I will ever get up on the right side of the bed again.

Today was that magical day. I found the right side of the bed. Not sure what changed or how I got there. It certainly wasn’t due to my discipline or good thinking. And I still stayed up too late considering I need to roll out of bed in the latter-half of the five o’clock hour. But today, as I ventured out on my usual 3.5 mile walk/shuffle (I wouldn’t offend joggers by describing my attempts as such–shuffling is more fitting), I felt noticeably perky in my spirit (my body is still mad at me for arising before the sun). The shift in outlook was appreciated, but it came as such a surprise, I spent the good portion of my jaunt considering why I felt so hopeful.

Strange, you might think, for me to question positive vibes, as if these needed permission to set up camp within me. I was not trying to “undo” the perkiness, I was just curious as to the cause of this shift. Maybe I could bottle it and pull it back out for a hefty dose the next time I find the ugly side of the bed.

I didn’t discover the “why” in regard to the shift, but the “how” is easy to identify. It is God’s mercy. Not sure how He did it, or why, but today I am just pleased to be His and grateful that there is a fresh batch of mercy available to me and to all who believe in the Lord Jesus. I love it that the mercies are new; it’s not just the reheated leftovers from yesterday. Here’s a lovely truth from the Word on that:

“It is because of the Lord’s mercy and loving-kindness that we are not consumed, because His [tender] compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great and abundant is Your stability and faithfulness. The Lord is my portion or share, says my living being (my inner self); therefore will I hope in Him and wait expectantly for Him.” —Lamentations 3:22–24, Amplified Bible

All this reminds me of my two favorite t-shirts from pieces of a girl (which is actually a jewelry site, but they have some terrific t-shirts!). Each has a catchy phrase emblazoned across the back. One says: she wasn’t afraid to travel down an open road with nothin but horizon to keep her company . . . and the other says: she finally realized that every moment was another chance to begin again . . .

That second phrase sums it up. Today is a new moment, another chance to begin again, all because of the mercies of God found in Jesus. Amen to that!

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