When I awakened this morning, I felt overwhelmed by my external and internal to-do lists and deflated by life in general. I pushed through my desire to hide from the world today and climbed out of bed only two minutes later than planned.
Shortly after breakfast, I heard my little one, who typically opens his blinds first thing in the morning, exclaim from his bedroom, “Wow, look at the sky!” I raced to his window and beheld this gorgeous pre-sunrise sky.
You know what happened next. I threw on a couple of jackets, grabbed my camera, and raced outdoors because an early morning sky can transform from dramatic to ordinary in the blink of an eye.
I didn’t spend a lot of time outdoors, but the few moments alone with my camera and the sky reset my mood. While gazing at the sky, I began to sing a line from “Great Is Thy Faithfulness,” one of my favorite hymns–“Morning by morning new mercies I see.”
The sky led to the song and the song led to the biblical text which inspired the hymn:
Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
for His compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
Lamentations 3:22-23 NIV
I’m walking with gratitude for the awesome promise of “new mercies” each morning, and I am a bit “lighter” knowing that God’s “great love” will rescue me, even from myself.