“The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases, His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness” (Lam. 3:22,23; ESV).
God has been exceedingly kind to me. This weekend is another example. You won’t guess what happened. Absolutely nothing out of the ordinary. Seriously. But it was the accumulation of “little blessings” which cause me to overflow with gratitute on a Sunday evening. If you are interested, here’s the list:
Friday PM—Breakfast supper with the family; Friday PM—Watched several students win a BB game; Saturday AM—Slept in! (though CLOSE lightning woke us); Saturday AM—Devotions and Sunday School prep; Saturday AM & PM—RCA teaching prep for Monday; Saturday PM—Sweet Basil Thai lunch (yum!)—Sam’s—haircuts; Saturday PM—Little House episode w/family; Sunday AM—Sunday School and Church (encouraging!); Sunday PM—Great food and service at Olive Garden; Sunday PM—Listening to Cascade sing on the way home; Sunday PM—REST (even included a twenty minute nap!); Sunday PM—Interesting NFL games (miss The Pack!); Sunday PM—Early bedtime (helpful at my advanced age)
Like I said…nothing extraordinary. No event to remember. But the older I get the more I am appreciating the ordinary; the more grateful I am that God does not treat me as my sins deserve.
Can you say the same?
I think you can!
Might I encourage you to think back over the past several days and create your own list of the “little blessings” God has sent your way? Then, click the link below. Prior to doing so, meditate upon the quote from Jonathan Edwards’ sermon “God is a Being of Transcendent Mercy.” Have a great week!
“Let this exhort us to love and praise God. If God is a Being of such transcendent mercy, then He is a Being transcently amiable. He is worthy that our hearts should ascend to Him in the most ardent flame of love, and that we should exalt Him in our praises. In God infinite greatness, infinite goodness, and infinite mercy are joined together. The mercy of God is like a sea or like a deluge. Noah’s flood was so great that it was above the tops of the mountains; but the mercy that is in the heart of God is greater: it is above the heavens and overtops our sins that are like great mountains that are grown up to heaven” (Jonathan Edwards: The Puritan Pulpit–The American Puritans, Don Kistler, ed., Soli Deo Gloria, 2004).