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This I recall to my mind, Therefore I have hope. Through the Lord ’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. (NKJV)
The book of Lamentations depicts the author’s soul in deep anguish. It was the time when Jerusalem was destroyed and the Jewish people were into exile. They have no home to return to, no food to eat, relatives are dead and are held captive by their enemy. It was indeed one of the saddest days in their history. It seems that there is no hope for redemption.
While the first parts of the book illustrate desolation, the last part however, mentions a heart-stirring encouragement that there is always hope – a kind of hope that causes one not to give up. It holds the wholeness of a person from throwing in the towel and surrender to the abode of defeat. It is the hope that pushes one to rise and move on with unwavering confidence no matter what risk or danger could be waiting ahead.
The lamentations illustrates God’s sovereignty. He both brings due judgment as a result of disobedience and offers redemption and restoration to the willing and repentant.
When our daughter Summer finally was born, she was admitted immediately to the Neonatal ICU. We were told that she has to stay for a few more days to conduct some tests and observation for possible infection. My wife had her labor a day after the doctor found out that my wife’s amnion was ruptured and is having a leak. We went to the hospital a day after my wife’s water broke. The sad news that really saddened us for quite a time is the high possibility of infection and other complications. We just found out how dangerous it was when the doctor told us and after googling. It was disheartening to know how bad it could be. The first few hours of knowing has kept the word “why” chilling inside my head.
When we finally got home, the next worry that bothered us for a while was how we are going to take care of her. Both of our parents are away in two different provinces and we only had an inexperienced house helper with us. We have our other family in the church, but, we can’t keep them around to stay for long as we want because they have their own lives to take care too. And though my wife’s mom came a few days later, she can only stay for a few days because of her work. The everyday worry of waking up to look at our daughter, if we could ever sleep, and figuring out what to do with her in cases when she crises differently, or something unusual happens, had kept our senses in high alert, for as long as we can. I know that parents can understand what we’ve been through.
But, the Lord is merciful. I was so encouraged with the verse in Lamentations 3. Though they had a different situation from mine, we may have a similar feeling of worry and sadness caused by the thoughts of losing a loved one or not knowing what to do. God’s compassion never fails. And this love that He has for me as well as for us is the reason of my hoping. His love never misses even a fraction of a second not to love. We have truly experienced His love that allows no harm but offers care. Our daughter’s medical results finally came in and everything was fine. Everything was normal. People, resources and circumstances were all in place allowing us to learn and be the confident parents that God wants us to be. God answered our prayers about our daughter. We may have had our sadness or worry for a while but, by the grace of God, His words have kept us strong and had driven us to trust God with every detail of our prayers. Every morning that comes indeed proves the Love of God that doesn’t end nor decrease. Great is His faithfulness.