The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. ‘The Lord is my portion’, says my soul, ‘therefore I will hope in him.’ The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him. Lamentations 3:22-2
This passage has always been one of my favorites, mainly because of the word picture it paints in my mind. I’m a very visual person, so the fact that God is reminding us that His mercies are new with the dawning of every single day really resonates with me. Waiting is hard, y’all. Can I get an “amen”? Waiting on that pregnancy test to read positive, waiting for that new job to come through you have been praying about for months, waiting for that special guy to finally come into your life; just when you start to think you’re meant to be single and on fire for Jesus always. I don’t know of anyone who actually likes to wait. It’s human nature to want things right here and now.
I am reminded of the story in Mark about the woman who bled for 12 years. It’s difficult for me to imagine the fatigue and anxiety that would follow such a traumatic illness lasting 12 long years with no relief. The story begins with the disappointment of the woman spending all of her living on medical relief, but to no avail. I imagine she was feeling rather depressed and desperate to get some relief. Apparently she had heard about Jesus and the way he was healing people from illnesses.
“After hearing about Jesus, she came up in the crowd behind Him and touched His cloak. For she thought, ‘If I just touch His garments, I will get well’. Immediately the flow of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her ‘affliction'”. (Mark 5: 27-29) What faithfulness and courage! “And He said to her, ‘Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your affliction.’” (Mark 5: 34) Wow! How cool of a miracle is that? Even after such a long illness, this woman still had faith that she would be healed. What are you waiting on that seems impossible? Is there a hope that may be shriveling up because there seems to be no solution or answer to prayer? Will we stay faithful to God even though we don’t see the outcome? The verse below has been such an encouraging one to me this year especially. I pray it revives the hope God has placed deep in your soul. “So let us know; let us press on to know the Lord. His going forth is as certain as the dawn; and he will come to us like the rain, like the spring rain watering the earth.” (Hosea 6:3)
About the Writer
Anna is very loyal, loves to laugh, and passionate about Jesus. She works in the Young Married Department at First Dallas, as well as supporting the events for the Senior Adult and Women’s ministries. She also has a heart for Orphan advocacy and youth ministry. When not helping with these, she can be found studying to complete her undergraduate degree, laughing with friends, or drinking copious amounts of coffee.