I love flowers. I am not an expert by any means, but I love to see a garden full of flowers, and have been working this year to spruce up our yard by putting in some flower gardens.
One of the prettiest flowers, which we already had many of, is the daylily. I never realized just how many varieties of this flower there were, but it has become one of my favorites. However, there is something different about this flower. As the name implies, each blossom lasts only one day. One day! The good news? There will be another one tomorrow. In fact every day, for about three weeks to a month, there will be new blossoms every morning.
With all their beauty they will exist for a mere day. The best thing to do is to enjoy each blossom to its fullest. Don’t worry about saving it for tomorrow. There will be more.
Did you know that God’s mercies are like the daylily? Consider this verse:
Lamentations 3:22-23 It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.
They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.
Each day God’s compassion and mercy are brand new. No hold overs from the day before. No day old mercies. Fresh mercies. New mercies. Every morning. How cool is that!
I was contemplating this thought this last week as I struggled with some behavior issues in our house. Honestly, what parent doesn’t struggle with behavior issues?
Not only were there some behavior issues with my children, but also with me!
As I read the verses in Lamentations, and I came upon the verses I included above, I stopped and just meditated on the goodness of God. Then I wondered. If God can have new mercies every morning, is this something I could imitate? If so, I am not doing a very good job.
How often do our frustrations with our children, or our spouse, or our co-workers spill over into the following day? Sometimes my mercy meter bottoms out before the day is over. It shouldn’t, but it does. My prayer lately has been, “Father, as your mercy is new to me this morning, let my mercy and compassion toward others be new as well.”
Every day, my heavenly Father has to put up with my mess. Imagine if He responded with the same frustration toward us that we use toward those in our lives! We would be dead! Yet, every day, every morning, there is a new mercy for me. New compassion.
Dear friend, consider that loved one or associate in your life today that is in need of your mercy and compassion. Do they get under your skin? Have they been doing it for days? Have you had it? Is your mercy meter running on empty?
Let me encourage you to meditate on Lamentations 3:22-23. Ask the Lord to teach you how to start each day with new mercies. Ask Him to allow His Spirit to flow through you toward those most in need. Remember, we need His mercies every day. We, then, ought to be willing to extend our mercies to those who need it.
Is this something you struggle with? Let me offer this sample prayer that you could pray this week.
“Heavenly Father, thank you for your mercy and compassion which your demonstrate in my life every day. Thank you that no matter how much I need it, You never run out.
Father, help me to be like you. I can’t do it on my own. I confess that I tend to lose my temper, and be unmerciful to the people in my life who misbehave. Forgive me for this sin. Help me as I try to extend mercy to those around me.
Let me know your thoughts, and how I can pray for you. Hopefully, you will think of this every time you look at daylilies from now on.