This I Recall
There is something remarkable about our minds that can work for us or against us. When we start down a thought path, our mind says oh they want to think about this so let me give them more thoughts about this. This can work negatively or positively.
What we recall to our minds has an impact on our mood, our day, and our lives. We have the choice to stop going down a negative thought path and control what we choose to recall. We can recall the goodness of the Lord and feel hopeful and humbled or bring up all the troubles, criticisms, and negativity that we have experienced.
That is not to say that we should never recall or share with loved ones the challenging things we have experienced. We are emotional beings, but we do not have to dwell in a sea of despairing thoughts.
Chapter 3 of Lamentations is actually quite depressing. Jeremiah goes so far as to say that he is broken, bitter, and in darkness.
Then, the chapter takes a turn, he remembers that through everything God is merciful and faithful.
"It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness." 22-23
Jeremiah feels the feelings he is experiencing but then chooses to hope. The whole book is a bit of a downer. It is not called "Lamentations" for nothing. Lamentation means the passionate expression of sorrow and grief.
But, it teaches us that even when all seems dark, we still have hope. In our sorrow, we can still praise the God above whose mercies are new each morning. There is always light after darkness and peace after the storm.
We can turn to Him. We can say, I will remember the works of the Lord, who is so great as my God! (Psalm 77:11-13)
What will I recall to my mind today?
Your mercies endure and are new each morning. I praise You. I hope in You. Every breath I take is from You. Through my lamenting, You are my anchor. No matter what goes on around me, You are still God and still on Your Throne. I pray for hope, faith, and peace in all circumstances. Strengthen me O God.
In Jesus' name amen.