Have Mercy!

It’s one of those days. You wake up and every thing changes, yet over and over again you see the hand of mercy. Sometimes we are too busy to notice it, but it’s a changed day that makes you ever-present in the moment.  Trying to manage my already filled day with a surprise doctor’s appointment for my girl caused a rush. Iphones make you ever available, answering texts, making phone calls, I was distracted and on over-drive.  Literally.  When the officer pulled me over for speeding. I emotionally hit a wall.  I honestly shared with him my morning acknowledging my mistake.  When he walked away with license and registration, I prayed for God to help me face the consequences. I could not allow my mistake to overcome me and paralyze me for the day. When the officer showed me mercy, I cried.  He told me to leave earlier for appointments, and I acknowledged I was running late because I was trying to complete a social history– helping a family.  I shared that sometimes I help and work to the detriment of my family and health. He looked me in the eyes and sincerely commented, “I know what you mean.”  A connection between two helping professionals.  He left.  I started crying.  I kept saying to myself, “Somethings got to change.  I can’t keep up this pace.”Gratitude Walk 015

Mercy…

A friend and I talk and cry………..she had a God moment with her son who is not expected to make it through the weekend

Mercy…

My daughter shares a significant change of attitude in a situation that created a more positive direction for her

Mercy…

At work in staff meeting folks open up and so much is shared over our reading assignment there is a closeness felt, a new direction considered

Mercy…

Walking to my car after staff meeting a friend I admire and love shared that she was reading The Purpose Driven Life and how God is moving in her life.  She did a sign language gesture of a flower blooming with teary eyes. My heart rejoiced for her!

Mercy…

I changed my mind and went to Starbucks with co-workers after work. Over coffee a friend shares her testimony and moves me.  Her testimony ringing truth into my life and giving me direction and hope.

Mercy…

Mercy in the midst of our ever-changing world, uncertainty, and no answer situations… Mercy can be felt when we are confused, tired, sad, and can anchor us to hope.  I can’t begin to describe to you the depths of concern over so many situations I was dealing with, yet it was like God was showing me the undercurrents of the moments.  The currents of His teaching, His love, His mercy.  I shared my police story with my girl’s nurse practitioner who in turn shared her heart about a situation and a New Year’s resolution with Jesus. Did God orchestrate all these events for this conversation? Small, insignificant to the human mind, yet a time to share and reflect and offer Hope.  Every conversation, every moment adding up to a full day of events.  Where were you God? Where were you working, moving, changing?

So I guess we could see our days (even the awful) as a mercy day?  The digging deeper.  The crying out to God, “I can’t do this anymore!”  and then He says, “With me, you can.”  Then, He shows you the undercurrent, the moment, the mercy…

If you’ve read this far, perhaps your thinking that those moments were no big deal.  I could write a short story or novel about each line.  There’s way more to the story.  It just seems so appropriate to sum it all up into one word:

MERCY

Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

mer·cy

/ˈmərsē/
Noun
  1. Compassion or forgiveness shown toward someone whom it is within one’s power to punish or harm
  2. An event to be grateful for, esp. because its occurrence prevents something unpleasant or provides relief from suffering.

I pray the hand of His mercy guides us in the darkest of moments and the moments that leave us tired and confused. I pray His mercy shines in your life despite your circumstances, and you can see those tiny, little big moments as mercy moments adding up to mercy days.

Where would we be without His mercy? The mercy that allows us each morning to start afresh and new?  He does not hold our sins against us, and He has a plan higher than our thoughts or wildest dreams.

His mercies are new every morning!

Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning!  Lamentations 3:23

Jesus, today will you cause my heart to see Your hand of mercy?

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4 comments

  1. Beautiful! Thank you for sharing your heart, your thoughts, your prayers, your life stories, and hope. It is my hope today that you are able to slow down and feel comfort and peace in His mercy. Take care Anna.

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    • His mercy amazes me. I’m taking time today to do the Christmas Tree and decorations. Tonight will be a Huli Huli Chicken — a family favorite. Trying to draw strength from the day to day, family, and God’s mercy in it all. Like you, Sandy, on hold with things to come next week and praying ahead of time. I’m praying for you as well. What would I do without you there beside me in our work and personal life experiences. I love you deeply.

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  2. I was moved to tears reading this post. Thank you for sharing your honest life in Christ. Our lives are not perfect…though society wants them to be…but we have the gift of mercy. Thanks for making us all aware of our God-given gift mercy on a daily basis.

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