The beautiful Hebrew poem contained in what we call the book of Lamentations in the Old Testament, is a very powerful look into the thoughts and tormented soul of the prophet who has seen the destruction of Jerusalem. His heart is broken as he composes verses to record for all people the terrible tragedy of the loss of the city.
The emotion is overwhelming and his outlook is bleak.
But then in the third chapter there is suddenly a blazing and powerful light of hope that the prophet pours onto page. Everything seems to change in an instant.
Lamentations 3:21-26 ESV
21 But this I call to mind,
and therefore I have hope:
22 The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
23 they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
24 “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul,
“therefore I will hope in him.”
I am continuing in a season that is tough for me. My schedule is not demanding. My phone is not constantly ringing and I seem to have no deadlines for my next message. Is this comforting or distressing? Some of both, to be honest. But I know this is only a season.
Yesterday I was able to listen to 4 sermons. Two were in person and two by way of Internet. All were good news because they all focused on Jesus. Kathy and I enjoyed our opportunity to worship at North Star Church and Buckhead Church yesterday. We also enjoyed a time of sitting on the sofa at home with worship music and just honoring the Lord together.
The Lord is working in my life and I am seeking His direction. I cannot tell what will be the direction yet. But the search for His call is now my quest. He is faithful and the Lord will reveal His direction in His timing. My excitement is building, as I know whatever the Lord has for me will bring glory to his name. But for now my task is to wait quietly and listen. My Lord is going to speak to me about what and where I will serve, but the messages yesterday filled me with ideas and truths that are fresh and powerful. I seek to be ready when He calls for the bidding of my God. The timing and the use He has for me are in His hands.