My family and I got up this morning, and like so many mornings, we began driving to a meeting. This morning we are driving through the beautiful mountains of West Virginia. Right now the sky is so blue and the colors of fall are beginning to appear on the trees. As I look out the window I can’t help but praise the Lord for mornings. All the mistakes of yesterday, all the times that I fail, all the sin of my past, are behind me. Every morning brings new opportunities to glorify my Savior.
Last month I was able to teach a high school girls Sunday school class at a church we were at for a missions conference. This class was different from other teen classes I had taught because it was made up almost entirely of girls who had come to church on the bus. Many of these girls were from broken homes, homes full of drugs, homes in neighborhoods full of violence. As I began to teach there was none of the typical giggles and chatting of other teen girls I had taught. These girls listened intently and almost desperately. When I finished my lesson I opened the class time up for questions. Their questions were much deeper than any I had been asked by this age group before.
One of the questions asked is on my mind this morning. One of the girls, a senior in high school, stood and said, “My life is a mess, I have done so much wrong, how can I live for God now?” The girl went on to tell me that she had been saved several years ago, but had recently gotten away from the Lord and was tangled up in sin.
When I looked at this seemingly hopeless 17 year old girl and all the girls in that class, I couldn’t help but smile. I smiled because I know what God can do in the life of aperson desperate for Him. I smiled because I could imagine the possibilities of what God could do in this girl’s life. I can remember the many times that I have felt helpless and hopeless. Times when I couldn’t imagine how to fix myself, and then God, by His grace, stepped in. I knew God could do the same for her.
Have you ever felt this way? Maybe you are there now. It is never too late to begin living for and serving God.
So many times characters in the Bible describe times like this in their lives. Even the apostle Paul said that he was “not meet to be called an apostle” because of the sin of his past. But he then reminds us that “by the grace of God” he was able to be who he was and do so much by “the grace of God which was with” him.
I am so thankful that we serve such a loving and merciful God! I am overwhelmed by the love that it took for Jesus to die for my sin and the sin of this world so that we might know that mercy and grace. We just have to wake up, and run to God and He is always willing to forgive us and give us his strength. Just like a fresh fall morning!
My heart hurts for all those that do not have hope in the Lord and do not know of his grace. I am excited to tell someone the good news today! Will you tell someone as well?
“It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.” Lamentations 3:22-24