I was sitting on a beach chair on one of those warm but windy and mildly chilly days with my feet in the sand. I started just watching my kids running into and away from the ocean waves. And an old hymn started running through my mind. The words are, “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases. His mercies never come to an end. They are new every morning, new every morning, great is thy faithfulness Oh Lord, great is thy faithfulness.”
The ocean never stops. There will never be a day where you walk onto the beach and the water is completely still and no waves lap up on the shore. Sometimes the water is close; it’s high tide and the water is deep. Other times, the water is far away; it’s low tide and the water is shallow. Either way it never stops. I was reminded of that line referring to God’s mercies being new every morning. Just like the ocean waves, God’s love never ceases.
We all have days where we feel like we can wade in the water thinking, “I am in control and can walk for miles.” Other times we feel tossed about and trying to keep our head up is all we can do. Either way we are still safe in the creator’s hands. We may feel like giving up. We feel as though our thoughts are deceiving and we’re buying the enemies lies. Sometimes we feel unlovable. This is when we need to remember that unlike our human capabilities, God’s love is steadfast. God’s faithfulness is never failing, never tired, and will never cease.
Next time you are sitting on the beach looking out on the water, remember that the sea is not unending. It looks like it is, and sometimes can feel like it is, but if you go long enough in one direction you will reach another shore. God’s love, however is unending and steadfast and his mercies are new every morning. Lamentations 3:22-23, The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.