“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness” Lamentations 3:22-23
The prophet Jeremiah wrote those words in the book of Lamentations to remind himself that even in the midst of great trial and struggle God’s love and mercy are still great. We have officially begun a new year, we are filled with hope and possibility even if our year has been less than what we hoped. Sometimes a new year is a second chance we need to start fresh, maybe a new year is a chance to leave the broken behind, or even the chance to just simply keep going.
The last three months of this year have very much been a valley for our family, but a the same time the last three months God has been building new things. You cannot finish out an old year and not look back and see what God has accomplished even in the valley’s of life. That is when I thought of this verse….though my circumstances pale in compassion to what they faced in Lamentations, Jeremiah’s words ring out amazing truth.
There are so many doors yet to be opened in this new year and even doors yet to be closed. We make beautiful plans and goals for the year, we set out with the best of intentions and more than likely we will fall short of those goals and intentions…I know I will. No matter how many goals we have or how pretty our goal notebooks are we must do well to remember Jeremiah 29:11 – “For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord…” We stand looking at a new year and remember that we were not consumed by the previous year because of God’s great love and faithfulness, we wake up to new mercies from God in the new year; but we must remember that even those best laid plans and goals pale in comparison to the plan that God has for you and I. Our pretty goals and plans may be nothing close to what God has in mind for us in 2016.