This is one of those days when everything that can go wrong, went wrong! I try to stay positive and write about positive things, but not everyday is all lemonade. Not everyday is optimistic and this morning has been no exception. I woke up to events that have taken my blood pressure to an all-time high as one bad thing after another was lined up and ready to take a punch at me. But I’ve been around enough to know rather than focusing on those problems, I need to focus on a solution. So, in reality, if those were indeed real lemons thrown at me, I certainly would make a killer batch of homemade southern lemonade, but we all know lemons are sour and represent life’s challenges. The only time you have a sweet lemon is when you are drinking lemonade.
As I sat there dwelling in a simmering pot of negativity, I heard a small, still voice remind me, “my mercies are new every morning.” Now if you know me you know I am an analytical type person. I am that person who dissects every word and digs my heels into the world of knowledge to gain a better reasoning or understanding. Lamentations 3:22-23 tells us that God’s mercies are new…Every morning! I look at that word “new” and ponder on the true meaning. Websters defines “new” as not existing before; made, introduced, or discovered recently or now for the first time. If God’s mercies are new every morning, that would have to mean that the new mercy this morning did not exist yesterday morning.
I take a look at the Hebrew word for “new” and it does not mean just reoccurring again and again, it literally means “different.” So today’s mercy is different than what it was yesterday on a whole different scale. It is something I am experiencing for the first time in reality. God’s mercy was enough for me today to tackle all of those sour lemons thrown at me from every direction and it was His mercy and grace that whispered in my ear when all I felt like doing was throw my hands up and crying. He gently swayed me back to letting me know, His mercy is new and refreshing for me this day with enough to get me through the difficult negativity that had bombarded me.
Now let me take it a little further. God’s mercy being new every single day are miracles that will never be repeated again. That gives me a whole new perspective on how loving and gracious God really is! I wanted to take a look, a deeper view into all of these new mercies. So, I took my age and multiplied it by 365 days, then added the number of days since my last birthday. I want you to do the same, just to gain a little fraction of understanding of how awesome God really is. My number I came up with was, 21,210 days I’ve been alive. That is 21, 210 new, “NEW” mercies God has provided me with since birth. That’s a large number and I’m probably giving my age away, but I don’t keep it a secret to begin with.
21, 210 days of life given to me so far is synonymous with the different loads of mercy I’ve been shown. That is excessive and the numbers grow each and every morning I awake. I am different and unique from any of you and it is the same with you. We each are a testament to God who created us. Today, I have learned through my negativity towards life that God is merciful no matter what. I cannot do anything about it nor do I want to. I can choose to believe it or not because God has blessed me with a free will. He doesn’t push Himself on us, but he does extend those mercies. Those are gifts to us. How can you not go to your knees and thank the good Lord above for His kindness and grace? Calculate your days on earth and remember you are here because God gave life to you and every single morning when you open your eyes, there is “new” mercies awaiting you that you don’t even know about.
You don’t know what you’re going to face from one day to the next, but with the grace and mercies of God we can be assured He is extending His promises and if you are breathing you should always be thankful that you are! I don’t know about you, but I love that God always shows up in ways I am unaware of and is ready to hide me under the shadow of His wings. That’s where He gently and lovingly reminds me of who and what He is to me! While I was falling apart this morning, and for good reason, there were new mercies there to help me through it. Those lemons are no longer sour to me. With God’s help I was able to turn them into the sweet lemonade so-to-speak and I was able to bask in the goodness of God and thank Him for never leaving me nor forsaking me.
I have my own praise to offer up to God. My own praise that no one else in this world can praise Him for. So do you!
What are you praising Him for today?