Mercy and Goodness for Every Day

I awakened this morning before dawn, my heart brimming with anticipation. After an hour of laying in bed, I determined that to be awake and with coffee sounded much, much better than simply being awake. So I got up.

Despite the very overcast sky, one thought purposed itself to rise above the rest: “God is good.”

God is good.

He is good on sunny days. He is good on stormy days. And, just like today, he is good on overcast days.

God is simply good. Everyday.

And like His goodness rings out across all manner of days, His mercies are also new…regardless of weather.

And circumstances.

You see, today my husband and I begin a new journey to start a church in Little Rock, Arkansas. In but a short time, we will get in our car, take our final look around, and drive away from our home, our church, and our dear ones.

And because I’m excited to my innermost being over this next stage in our journey, I want my weather to reflect the excitement of my new adventure. Sunny!!!

But it’s not.

It’s thickly overcast.

Thankfully, though, the weather does not determine God’s goodness. He’s still good. His gift of this morning is good. And His call for this journey is good.

Much like the daily weather does not alter God’s goodness, neither do circumstances alter God’s mercies. Each day awakens with the promise of new mercies, which overflow onto my life regardless of health or wealth. They simply abound each morning.

Isn’t that grand?

In short, God does not need my circumstances to determine who He is.

Merciful.

Good.

Faithful.

Loving.

When I can acknowledge that despite my circumstances–despite my weather–He is good–He is merciful–I can embrace each new day with the gratitude He deserves.

I’m thankful for this day. This heavily overcast day.

I’m thankful because the power of the sun exists beyond the clouds.

I’m thankful because the power of the Son exists beyond my circumstances.

“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).