On Thursday Morning I was a bit slow to rise. Ever been there? Ever felt so battle weary and discouraged that you struggle to rise to your feet? I’m going to take a wild stab in the dark that I’m not the only one.
Nevertheless, here’s a lovely bit of encouraging push: Those who trust God march forward and win. (Or rise and stand firm) The Bible tells us so.
Some trust in chariots, others in horses, but we trust the Lord our God. They are overwhelmed and defeated, but we march forward and win.Psalm 20:7-8 (NCV)
So by the grace of God I pulled myself up by my bootstraps, marching myself to the kitchen. After feeding the cats I made a bee line 🐝 for the shower, and when I was suited and booted, I prepared my breakfast and took it outside.
All I felt was weary as I thought about life. Even slow progress is progress, but I’m far from patient when I’m feeling weary. I want life to feel so much better. I want to be thrilled about the day ahead. I want the struggles to be behind me and I want to soar.
I knew I would never be able to read and concentrate in the morning chill of the day, so I went back indoors to do some reading and praying.
I read about the compassion of Christ that shone through as Jesus reached out and touched a man with leprosy. I read about how when others distance themselves from us, or we distance ourselves from the crowd, Jesus moves in closer. As we tend to our wounds, He tends to our hearts.
I marked off ‘Reading’ on my to-do list and opened up my prayer journal. I stopped to read the verse I wrote on the first page.
“Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: 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 3:21-23
I need these reminders. When progress is slow, and I’m slow to rise, I need my Lord and Savior to patiently and compassionately lift my head and my gaze. I can’t do this alone. I’m reminded that Jesus cares for me. He sees that I need His healing touch and His love.
Jesus’ compassion enables us to rise again and come boldly before His throne to receive what we need to march forward and win. Praise God for His great compassion.
Jesus: The Compassionate ❤
“When He saw the crowds, He had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.”Matthew 9:36 (NIV)
I really love this song. I’m sure Mathew Parker will lead the praise party in heaven.
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