I often like to reflect on the past. It is always interesting to me that my life has taken me where it has. I look back at major decisions, major forks in the road and think about what would have happened had I chosen differently. Or looking back on events that happened in my life that I had no control over and wondering the same sort of thing; what would have happened if... The book of Lamentations can be a difficult, dark, and depressing read but it is as much a book about the horrible things that have happened as it is about the hope that can arise in the midst of it. It is a book of reflections.
In chapter 3 of Lamentations is one of the greatest verses in all of scripture. It is a verse that is written by a man who has endured much but is reflecting on where he is at. Lam 3:21-24 says this: YET this I call to mind and therefore have hope: 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. I say to myself, "The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him."
Yet is a big word there. He is saying that even though life is not roses he has hope. Now on the surface of things he should have none but in spite of all that he has listed to this point in this chapter he acknowledges a real hope.
Because no matter what the world throws at him and no matter what mess he gets himself into the middle of, the Lord's faithfulness remains constant. His love and his compassion never fails. In fact it is because of his great love that we are in fact saved. This isn't just fond feelings for us that he is talking about this is covenant language. This goes back to the beginning and the covenant that God made with Abraham. God has been faithful; Israel not so much.
The same could be said for each and everyone of us though. We have all like sheep gone astray in some way or another. Every one of us has and will continue to have issues with sin BUT... no matter how bad it gets or how crazy life seems to be getting out of control, God is faithful and each morning his compassions are new. His mercy is new each morning. When we come before the Lord and we repent, and confess our sins he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins.
This is why I often like to reflect about where I have been and where I have come from. Because time and again I can see the fingerprints of God on my life and I can see how he is guided me at times, directed me at times and even protected me at times. The Lord has never failed and even though I have plenty of times The Lord and his love has remained constant in my life and the life of my family.
The great thing is that the same is true of you and your family. But are we willing to return to him and acknowledge him as Lord of our lives, trusting him and the places he is taking us instead of trusting in ourselves and where we think we want to go.