2 Corinthians 4:1 (NLT)
Therefore, since God in his mercy has given us this new way, we never give up.
Several days ago, we had some severe storms that passed through Essex County. Typical of our area, I anticipated it as the weather got increasingly hot and sticky earlier in the day. As the storm came in, it produced some powerful winds, rain and hail. I watched as the photos of storm damage spread throughout social media; it hit home as my sister and her husband lost several trees on their property that night. Grateful that none of them hit their home or car, these 60 feet spruce trees could have done deeper damage.
The storm came and went, and following it – blue skies. But the remnants were still there. Life presses on, but the clean-up begins. The skies clear up, but yet, we are still left with the damage.
We wake up each morning a new day, an option, a second start thanks to God. We’ve all dealt with differing types of damage. Damage to our hearts, relationships, reputation, careers, or even the actual physical storm damage.
We all a broken people.
Sometimes we don’t choose for these negative experiences in life to happen to us; sometimes they just happen. They’re out of our control. Other times, we’ve allowed it, turning to our regret.
However your life storm was caused – by your own fault, or no fault of your own – there lies the disarray.
Now, to move forward, to clean up. Our messes aren’t easily mopped. Our spills not easily wiped cleaned. In our own minds, the damage can haunt, the failure lingers. Yet, I hear echo in my mind:
His mercies are new every morning.
I’ve heard that way too often growing up. Do I believe it? I don’t always feel it.
“And as you speak
A hundred billion failures disappear.”
– So Will I
The God of love, sees our failures, anticipates our failures, grieves at our failures and gives us another go.
Proverbs 17:9 (TPT)
Love overlooks the mistakes of others…
1 Corinthians 13:7 (TPT)
Love is a safe place of shelter, for it never stops believing the best for others. Love never takes failure as defeat, for it never gives up.
We keep getting second chances. He makes the day begin, causes the sun to rise, something bigger is happening here. The patience of God, is giving us endless opportunities to start over, start fresh.
Proverbs 10:25 NLT
When the storms of life come, the wicked are whirled away, but the godly have a lasting foundation.
Trees will fall, and trees will get cut down.
Clean up will enviable, but the damage needs no guilt.
Our second start is covered by God.
My sister can decide to leave her backyard as is – trees uprooted, fences down. But her backyard won’t be fully functional. The wreckage done to our human heart can be painful and treacherous. We find that without that fresh slate/new mercies, we aren’t at our functional best. We’ve been given the option to clean up the storm’s damage, and plant something new.
“Hope is springing up from this old ground
Out of chaos life is being found, in you”
– Beautiful Things, Gungor
“The miracle is that we see ourselves fully, too. This includes the entirety of you-the good and the bad. It’s a brave thing to gaze upon your whole self. You’ll see the beauty and the wreckage; the success and the failure, the progress and the stagnation; the places where you are a blessing, and the places where you have been damaging. Spirit asks that you give each place equal weight. It’s easy to engage only in the things that make us feel good about ourselves just as it is easy to engage in the things that give us an excuse (however legitimate it may be) for our victim mentality. To engage our whole selves with love and power? That takes courage.”
– Liz Milani, The Practice Co.
Lamentations 3: 19-24 (MSG)
I’ll never forget the trouble, the utter lostness,
the taste of ashes, the poison I’ve swallowed.
I remember it all—oh, how well I remember—
the feeling of hitting the bottom.
But there’s one other thing I remember,
and remembering, I keep a grip on hope:
God’s loyal love couldn’t have run out,
his merciful love couldn’t have dried up.
They’re created new every morning.
How great your faithfulness!
I’m sticking with God (I say it over and over).
He’s all I’ve got left.