I have a follow-up visit to my ENT later this morning as I continue to recover from vertigo. As I reflected on that appointment, I asked myself the question, “Self,” I said, “What are you expecting? What do you want to hear?”
Answers, for one thing. Why is this taking so long? Is everything OK? When will I get my balance back? When can I resume my life?
Beyond answers, what I want most is hope. Stuck in a loop, I want hope the end is near. Unable to fix myself, I want hope that healing is occurring and will be complete. Even more so, I want hope that God is in control and this event fits in his plan and purpose for both my life and his kingdom glory.
With that latter thought in mind, it is significant that my Bible reading this morning took me to Lamentations. I am very familiar with 3:22-23, the “great is thy faithfulness” verses. But what struck me this time were the verses before and after that section.
Lamentations 3:21-26 (ESV)
21 But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: 22 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; 23 they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. 24 “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” 25 The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him. 26 It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.
God’s mercy is ever new. His faithfulness never ends. But it is available to those who wait, those who place their hope in a God who works on behalf of his people.