The Bell Tower

New Mercies Every Morning

This past fall while we were getting our wood in for the winter my grandson was “helping”. He was enthusiastic, if not efficient, and it was a blast watching him. At one point he wanted to pull the wagon full of wood from the woodpile to where we were stacking the wood.  We piled the wood into the wagon and off he went! At first the wagon won this tug of war, then, ever slowly, he started to make headway.

As I watched I was reminded of myself and my tendency to load the “wood of my past” onto the little wagon in my mind and try to move it into my present. My wagon fills quickly with past sins, failures and mistakes, put there by my own self and others as well. The result is very similar, a lot of effort and not much headway, not to mention, a significant amount of pain. If it wasn’t for our past, many of us would have a much better present.  Come to think of it, we might have a more hopeful future, too.  The load is heavy, daily and growing. It also takes a lot of effort to maintain. Wouldn’t you like to set it down? What would your life be like if, instead of picking up the handle to your loaded wagon each morning, you woke up took a deep breath and walked into your day free?

“Impossible!”  you say? Not as long as God is God and His Word is true! Lamentations 3:22-23 says: “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.” That’s it! God says that His love for you is great. “Your sins are gone! (Psalm 103:12), and you get a brand new set of mercies every morning!

Because this is true, we can do what Paul recommends in Phil. 3:12-4…”Forgetting what is behind and looking forward to what is before, I press toward the mark of the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”  In other words, we can live each day free of the past! Isn’t it time you and I empty our wagon full of sins, mistakes and failures and leave them with Jesus? Then, as we awake each morning, fill our wagons with God’s mercy and grace and move forward, serving God in freedom!