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Simply, His Faithfulness

On Wednesday, I had the chapel worship team I teach do a simple exercise. I was emphasizing that worship is not intended to be one-sided, but that God wants to communicate back to us in a wonderful exchange.

Now, some people see that as mystical or weird or any number of things, but it’s not that complicated. Often we say God “speaks” and it may be nothing more than an impression or picture or scripture brought to memory. He is not limited in means of communication!

Back to Wednesday, I asked them to close their eyes and ask God to give them a picture and then see what they felt God might be saying with it. They did awesome! But it took them a minute to feel open enough to share theirs so I shared what I saw.

As soon as I had closed my eyes and asked God, I saw a sunrise. The sun’s rays seemingly reached and stretched higher and higher, continuing to fill the horizon and the whole world with its light. Immediately I thought of the scripture,

The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease,
For His compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness. –Lamentations 3:22-23

That simple image and word brought immense peace to me. I meditated on the reality that every sunrise is a reminder of His faithfulness. Every single day there is a renewal of His unfailing mercies.

sunriseLamentations is a book written in the throes of despair, but in the midst of it comes this magnificent proclamation. This week has been one of transition, new challenges (as well as old challenges), and being confronted by terrible tragedies in this world.

It’s easy to get bogged down by it all. It’s easy to want to curl up in a fetal position and tell the world just to “move along.” But then in the middle of all it, God surprises you with a reminder of the greatness of His faithfulness and redemptive love.

It’s love that reaches both to me and through me. I won’t pretend I’m not more than a little physically and emotionally spent, but I have hope of new mercy with every sunrise. Great faithfulness is available.

This is my testimony and I am so thankful.

How about you? Have you ever had a simple God-exchange that meant a great deal to you? What are you thankful for this week?

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  1. I think that exercise is a great one to try. And I totally believe that God is speaking to us all the time… He inhabits the simple and mundane moments of our lives. He longs to commune with us, yet we rush by Him in such a hurry to do what we think is important that we miss Him. I believe it’s imperative for us to learn to tune our ears and stop ourselves regularly to hear what He is saying.

    • I’ve said often that growing and maturing to me is mostly learning to pay attention. I used to be bugged that “random” thoughts or people or whatever would come into my head when I was praying (or sometimes when i wasn’t even focusing on God), but I’ve learned to stop and at least ask if God is saying something. May we all grow in that grace! Thanks so much, Karen.

  2. God is speaking to us in so many ways, but are we listening?
    I love the exercise you did with this group, Jason. We should all engage in that practice as often as possible.
    Now, in faith, I hope this post works!
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    • It did! And thank you, Martha. I’ve been greatly impacted by ‘little’ exercises like this. God is so good! 🙂

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