I've been participating with the She Reads Truth Lent devotional.
We've been reading through Lamentations coupled with passages from the Psalms.
In the book of Lamentations, God has removed His protection from the people of Judah
in hopes that they will come to repentance and return to Him.
The writer, presumably the prophet Jeremiah, is grief stricken at what he is seeing happening around him.
Then, in the middle of it all he makes a deliberate choice,
he chooses to call to mind,
God's steadfast love and mercy.
In remembering these things about God's character, he finds renewed hope.
It's easy to lose our hope as we look as the condition of our nation and world,
as we struggle with chronic pain,
as we deal with financial lack,
as we see people we care about suffering,
as we try to juggle more challenges than one person can handle.
The reasons we lose hope are as many and are as individual as our personalities.
But, the thing we all have in common is the power of our mind to shift focus
off the temporary trial we are facing, and onto the eternal, steadfast character of God.
My father-in-law's favorite verse was Isaiah 26:3.
"You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You,
because He trusts in You."
My mother-in-law was a glass half empty type person.
She was driven by negativity, worry and fear.
In a way, that I'm pretty sure annoyed her,
her husband was always trying to get her to shift focus by quoting this verse.
I'm sure that living with a mind that is at peace, even in the midst of life's trials,
seemed like an impossibility to her.
And it is an impossibility, if you haven't filled your mind with the truth about God's character
and His faithful promises to you.
You've got to have something more than positive thinking to set your mind on,
you need to have some rock solid truth.
Whatever you are facing today,
God's steadfast love for you never ceases,
His mercies for you never come to an end.
That's a rock solid truth you can count on.
Also happily linking up with the lovely Lisha Epperson
and Cheryl McCain Photography.