Sunday, February 25, 2007

New Compassions Every Morning

There are so many ways through each day that God blesses us so abundantly, and I suspect that most people fail to recognize that God's hand is the source of those blessings. There's an old phrase that says we must "stop and smell the roses", indicating that we pass by those roses daily taking their wonderful fragrance and beauty for granted without taking the time to notice the sweet odor penetrating your senses, without seeing the beauty of each petal as it unfolds into a beautiful flower unique in its own way, and yet a rose; and maybe not noticing the drop of dew from the morning mist lying beaded on a petal; or that a spider web has weaved its lovely web in the thorn bush from which the rose has grown. On each given day, God pours out His wondrous blessings to us which we so casually ignore. We do not trace our blessings back to God and His goodness and His desire to bless us with good things!

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!


Blogger Barbara Olmos said...

I so enjoy reading your blogs, Sandy. This truly is a refreshing place for me! Doomo arigato gozaimasu!

8:46 PM  
Blogger Sandy Fewell said...

Thank you so much, Barb, for your encouragement. It seems when I start pondering giving up, God sends encouragement to keep on keeping on! I enjoy your blog so much, too! So please keep on keeping on for all of us, too!

8:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aunt Sandy, it's always been you to remind me to "stop and smell the roses." Still loving your blog. Aline

3:59 AM  

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