It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. – Lamentations 3:22-23
Every morning God’s mercies are new. I’m sitting here this morning wondering just how many mornings I have rejected the opportunity to receive God’s mercy. How many times have I been lazy and started my day without acknowledging the faithfulness of the Lord? Yet, when I come to my senses, He is always there to give me new mercy. He is always there to show His great faithfulness to me.
A while back I was driving a morning bus route. There was this one stop where the student rarely got on. Sometimes dad would let me know in advance this person wasn’t riding, most of the time he wouldn’t. The student was absent a lot. The stop was my last stop and was only a couple of extra miles from the previous stop. Unless dad told me they definitely weren’t riding, I always drove to the stop.
One day another student began to ride. I had driven her for about a month, and she began to be aggravated about me making the stop. “Why do you drive down here? You know they’re not getting on,” she said. All I could think to say was, “You know, every morning the Lord drives His bus by my house and stops to pick me up . . . I’m so glad He does, even if I don’t get on sometimes.”
Lord, I’m so thankful that you are so merciful to me. I know how I am, and I know what I deserve, yet you have been so faithful. Who else offers mercy every single day? Where else can such great compassion be found? I do love you, Lord. Thank you for stopping by every morning. I have been on this planet for 46 years and I’ve let you come and go so many times. If I live for 46 more years, help me to make the most of the mornings I have left. Amen