New Mercies

Do like new things? I like new stuff. Who doesn’t like getting new stuff? New clothes, new shoes, new furniture, a new house, or new career. New things like clothes have a way of making a person feel better and make them walk differently. New things are exciting and intriguing, and we want to spend time using them and trying out the new things.

My husband likes gadgets, and when he gets a new phone I lose him for a couple of hours. He spends time playing with it and trying out all the new features. When my husband gets anything new whether it’s a new gadget or new shoes he will wear it out, especially his shoes until he can see the bottom of his socks through the soles.

After a while the once-new outfit, phone, shoes, house, job or furniture is now old, outdated, and familiar. The newness is gone...we wear out the newness from over usage. It never can become new again.

Have you ever forged a new friendship? In the beginning you were excited, inquisitive and careful not to offend. You wanted to make a good impression and spend a lot of time getting to know the person. After a while, the newness of the relationship wears off, and you began to see flaws, inconsistencies, pet peeves, dislikes, the bad and ugly imperfections. You start to feel the relationship is worn out.

God gives us new mercies tailor-made and sufficient for the day.

I learned that mercy is similar; it starts out new, but then it’s old by the end of the day. When our heads hit the pillow, mercy is old, outdated, drained and familiar. It’s different from material things in that it becomes brand new the next day.

“Morning by morning new mercies I see; all I have needed His hand has provided. Great is His faithfulness unto me.”* These lyrics are from a popular song about the mercies of God and one of my favorites. I wish I could say I hear this song or even realize His new mercies each day. But I don’t.

Morning by morning, I usually hear the sound of my husband’s annoying alarm clock going off. Beep, beep, beep, beep.

“Good morning, Beauty,” says my beloved husband. He leans over to hit the snooze button on his cell phone. Great, I will hear that stupid alarm clock again in fifteen minutes, snatching me out of dreamland.

Morning by morning, it takes me a while to stir. I would prefer to wake up on my own without the unpleasant sounds coming from the alarm clock. I finally emerge from under my comforter, flinging it off me. I sit up and slip my feet into my blue-and-pink fluffy house shoes and head off to the bathroom.

 

Morning by morning, it takes me a while to stir. I would prefer to wake up on my own without the unpleasant sounds coming from the alarm clock. I finally emerge from under my comforter, flinging it off me. I sit up and slip my feet into my blue-and-pink fluffy house shoes and head off to the bathroom.

Morning by morning, I shower, wash my face, brush my teeth and get dressed. And I’m off to start my day. But wait, I forgot something. I didn’t realize I woke up today with something “new” waiting for me. Something new called “mercy.

Mercy today isn’t like yesterday’s mercies because it is for whatever we’ll face today. God gives us new mercies tailor-made and sufficient for the day. He knew we’d wear out mercy like someone wears a hole in their shoes or a like a battery on a cell phone because we need a lot of mercy. So He worked in our Daily Destiny Plan to give us new Mercy Minutes each morning. What a generous God! He could let mercy expire, and then where would I be? But He supplies it unlimited and for eternity.

We might not wake each morning to new things like clothes, shoes or gadgets, which would be nice. But we do wake each morning with brand new mercies, which are ready to be unwrapped, tried out, enjoyed, and used as much as we please in our life. We can run boldly, with confidence to the throne of grace to obtain mercy and find help in the time of need. For great is His mercy toward you and me.

*Excerpt from my book Dear Woman: Get Well Letters of Hope.

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