Lamentations 3: 21-23:
But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is thy faithfulness.
For many years I have clung to this passage. God’s mercies are new every morning. When I stumble, and I do often, God forgives me again and again as I try to turn from sin.
But this week, I was reminded of another meaning from these verses.
God helps me get up and try again every day.
I had a writing job I needed to finish this week. One day as I thought about it, I felt incapable. Stupid. Depressed. I wanted to go to bed in the middle of the day and not get up until tomorrow.
I thank God that he didn’t let depression win this battle. I didn’t go to bed in the middle of the day.
But I also didn’t work on that job. I worked on other things, planning to try that particular task again tomorrow.
And the next day, I was able to do it. I finished the job, and I even felt happy with it.
I’m not saying it’s always a good idea to put off something that needs to be done till another day, but this time it worked well for me.
God gave me the energy and ability, the calm and concentration, to accomplish my work in the new morning. His mercy surrounded me and held me up. That’s a hope I can reach for every day.