I am renewed

His Compassion Renews Me

The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; Great is Thy faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23

Several years ago, I made a choice that turned out to be a rather large mistake.  And, I had to live with it.  It wasn’t one of those things that I could say, “I’m sorry God.  I messed up.  Please forgive me,” and be done with it.  Oh, I did say those words.  And God certainly forgave me.  But the consequences of my mistake remained. For years.  I couldn’t get out of the situation I had created.

There, in the midst of the difficulties I had brought on myself, I began to despair, until God brought this verse to mind.

God’s compassions are new every morning.  He didn’t abandon me because I messed up one time.  He wasn’t waiting for me in some alternate-reality morning where I hadn’t made my poor choice.  He was there, the midst of my mess, and He had a new plan.  He took the frustrations that stemmed directly from my bad choice and began to weave them together for good in my life.  He taught me patience, humility, and not a few things about relationships and how to wisely negotiate them.  He awed me as He continually provided solutions for me, even when I had caused the problems in the first place.

Yes, Susan, you made a bad choice.  And you’ll have to live with that.  But this morning, in the midst of your self-created struggles, my compassion is new for you.  My faithfulness has not failed because you were unwise one time.  My lovingkindness never ceases.  I can take your mess and make a new plan out of it – one that glorifies Me.

And he did.  Praise God, he did.  I’ve finally stepped out of those circumstances, and I can look back at that time in my life and thank Him for his faithfulness.

Every morning, I am renewed by the lovingkindness of my God.  And I mean every morning – happy ones, tragedy-laced ones, ones where I celebrate my successes, and especially ones where I shake my head at my own mistakes.  His compassion renews me.