New Compassions Every Morning
In Lamentations 3:22-26, the prophet says "Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, 'The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.' The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord."
Do you take the time to wake up and train your mind to appreciate the blessings of God that are new to you every morning? Just think---a new blessing each day! Our loving and compassionate Lord desires to show us His faithfulness, His wondrous grace that He bestows on us and they are there for us to see, hear, touch, smell and sense His presence in some new and refreshing way every day! Here in Hawaii, we have so many beautiful sights, sounds and smells to jar our senses--the gentle trades blowing in the palms, the soft slap of the waves on a flat sandy beach, or the roar of the waves splashing against tall jagged black rocks, the smells of plumeria in the air, (or sometimes pungent smells of sugar cane burning), a beautiful rainbow that crosses from one pineapple field to another, the clucking of wild hens who have given birth to many chirping little chicks trailing behind her, the jabbering of the myna birds as they fight amongst each other. The list could go on and on of all the tangible blessings God gives us to enjoy. But what of the intangible blessings---do we remember to thank God for the blessing of a good night's rest, for the ability to see and hear, the joy of a good walk on the beach, the phone call of a friend, the smell of bread cooking in the oven, the sound of a grandson's laughter, that special letter that arrived in the mail, the peace that a scripture verse has given us, the joy of knowing that God is near, and the list goes on and on and on.
The Lord truly is good to those that hope in him. Slow down to recognize the goodness of God in the things He brings into your day that is new every morning. His mercy is beyond measure, His grace beyond words, His faithfulness so enduring. If you focus on the good things God brings your way, maybe the not-so-good will grow strangely dim, maybe even disappear when we fill our hearts with praise for God's new and fresh mercies every morning!
Look and see that the Lord is good!