Daily Delight

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

One particularly rough morning this week, I was awake when the sun came up. It was bright and beautiful, hovering over my little sleepy hometown. I stood in awe, even though I’d been in tears moments before, life feeling like it was in shambles. Life didn’t feel like that anymore, as I watched the sun rise higher and higher in the sky.

In that moment, God reminded me even in the chaos, He’s here. Especially in the chaos.

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end. they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” -Lamentations 3:22-23

He is a faithful God. He provides mercies every morning to me- some as simple as a sunrise.

He’s nowhere near finished or distant from me in the midst of the hard moments, even when it feels like that. Romans 8:28 reminds me He’s still making things work out for my good. When life is chaotic and I can’t see Him in the mess I’ve made, His faithfulness abides, even when I can't see or understand it. He isn't going to let me fall, even though I feel like I'm already hanging over the cliff. One of my favorite verses is John 16:33: “In this world you'll have trouble. But take HEART! I have overcome the world.” I cling to that promise, especially on the harder days.

The hymn Great Is Thy Faithfulness says, “Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide; strength for today, and bright hope for tomorrow, blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!Strength for today, and hope for tomorrow. That’s what His mercies and guidance bring me. How beautiful is that? He is here with me in the valleys and low times, cheering me on and guiding me to better days- and providing me mercies and moments of clarity to get me through until the good times return.

Slowly but surely, those sweet mercies started revealing themselves despite a rough week:

~a toy “flower” from a kiddo at my daycare job, “Miss Jordan! I made this for you!”
~a wonderful compliment given to me from a parent and then reported to my boss- on my worst day, of ALL days.
~the giggles of silly 2 year olds as they sing Frozen songs.
~my dear friend’s pictures of her sweet new baby boy, making me smile and giggle all at once.
~new music from my favorite bands and singers, and new books I’ve been waiting to come out all year.
~my books for my summer class (finally) arriving.
~watching my PreK kids at the graduation party, dancing and playing in the rain with them.
~anxiously preparing for a trip I’ve been waiting on for 7 months.

These all seem like normal, ordinary things. They honestly are. But I think God finds us- especially me- in the tiny details of our days, the margins and fringe moments we aren’t seeking Him in. Especially when life is hard, days are long, and God feels distant-- I have to really look and pay attention to the intricacies of my days to see all the little things He’s doing in my life. He doesn’t speak to me through a burning bush or other grandiose moments most days- the smallest, most minute things hold the biggest and most intricate revelations. And, the most needed mercies. As one of my favorite hymns says,This is my Father's world: He shines in all that's fair. In the rustling grass I hear Him pass, He speaks to me everywhere! (lyrics by Maltbie Babcock).

These mercies don’t take away the tough times, or even ease the situation. But His mercies remind me: He’s here, He loves me, He’s on my team, and that it’s all going to be okay. Those mercies provide me strength for the day, and hope for better days tomorrow.  We’re all going to have tough times. It’s practically guaranteed. But, there’s going to be some good in every day, God is going to be present and finding ways to show you His love and mercy in the waiting-- we just have to look for them. It could be as easy as looking up at the sky as the sun rises- if only to remind us that as the sun faithfully rises everyday, God is still daily doing amazing things- as will He with you.

May you find the reminders of His faithfulness in the tender mercies He provides, no matter what kind of season you’re in- and may they fill you with strength to get through today, and a bright hope for whatever lies ahead.

About the Author

Jordan Taylor is a 22 year old student living in the suburbs of Nashville, her lifelong hometown. She is currently studying to be an English teacher, and hopes to have a classroom full of crazy, loud middle schoolers in her near future! Jordan enjoys reading, long walks (anywhere, not just the beach!), crafting, listening to music, playing with her pug, Lola, and writing. She is learning how to be brave, love adventure, and try new things (a lifetime work in progress!). Jordan loves Jesus with all that she is, and is learning to let Him love her too. She enjoys rambling and writing about her faith at her blog, http://taylorjm.blogspot.com/, and is excited to share her journey with you all on DOD!


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