It may have been as recent as this past month. The weight of the schoolwork and other responsibilities just seemed too much. I woke up feeling tired and it only got harder as I pressed through the day.
Perhaps I’m holding onto too many commitments… but I think there’s another explanation.
I had forgotten a precious promise of God:
What did this past Wednesday have in common with New Years Day? They’re both new beginnings (we started June this week). Personally, I love the change of months, years and seasons. They remind me that time passes and circumstances change. If I make mistakes or fall behind, there will be chances to start fresh – whether that be in school, relationships or writing projects.
I wonder, though, if new beginnings are more than pleasant refreshment. Maybe God knows we need them more than we know it or want it, ourselves.
Think about it this way
Have you ever longed for more than 24 hours in a day, or tried to stretch the time between waking and laying down at night? I have!
I may fight it, but I’m powerless to change God’s design. Couldn’t He have made life a continuous flow of one hour after another after another, which we are free to schedule how we wish? Instead, He appointed the sun and moon to mark day/night cycles and gave our bodies a need for sleep. At night, we put away our work, and every new morning is a chance to start fresh.
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.”
Every morning is a new beginning. God renews His compassion towards us.
A simple definition of compassion is a sense of deep sympathy towards another.
If I was careless about how I spent my time today, or impatient towards my little brother, God has a right to be angry with me. But tomorrow will be a new day and He will renew His compassion towards me.
It’s not that he forgets my sins or that He is easily swayed. He simply chooses to forgive, should I humble myself and ask for it. He simply chooses to give me the resources to live faithfully. He simply chooses to bless me.
It’s incredible how much of an effect it has on my life to simply recognize this as fact.
Shall we talk?
- Have you ever woken up feeling like your responsibilities are just too much? Did you feel like that this morning?
- What did the author of these verses mean when he wrote: “The Lord is my portion”?
- Can you relate to my excitement about the change of months? What are you looking forward to this June?
Resources for deeper digging:
Psst! For more on:
- God equipping those who trust in Him with strength: check out this other passage found in Isaiah 40:28-31
- God’s infinite supply of mercy and grace: Nancy Lee DeMoss has a short audio clip and transcript here.
- Lamentations 3:28-31 within the context of the entire book and chapter: Nancy also has a longer resource that deals with this.