A few weeks ago, I was loving life. As you saw in my last post, life is awesome, we are healthy, and La Crosse is just beautiful right now. I had a staffing week at the hospital, which meant I didn’t have to be at work until 9 every day. Twas perfect…
Then suddenly I found myself beginning my surgery rotation which meant waking up before the sun, putting in CRAZY long hours, and just generally involved a LOT more stress than I had anticipated.
It was a tough week. Has been a tough COUPLE of weeks since.
Which is where the title of this post comes in. Lamentations is a pretty bleak book of the Bible. In it, the people of Israel are “lamenting” the destruction of Jerusalem. Basically, they REALLY screwed up and were paying for it big time. They cry out to God, telling him all their sorrows and begging for restoration. It’s obviously not a direct parallel (I don’t believe God is punishing me right now…), but a particular piece of this book has really been resonating with me lately:
Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
23 They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
Amidst the stress and exhaustion of the past couple of weeks…I have had some pretty incredible moments. Watching summer turn into fall is extraordinary, and La Crosse has found a way to perfect it! I have been stunned by the striking colors, in my little neighborhood and in the surrounding hills and bluffs, along the river, and beneath my feet (I can’t help but crunch through them on my walks home). I got to watch this happen:
AND being up before the sun gave me the opportunity to see the blood moon a couple weeks ago (how incredible was that??) and I even saw a FALLING STAR during my walk to work the other day. God is using so many things to remind me how BIG he is. What an amazing creator and fascinating creation :)
We found an apple orchard to try in the area, made friends with their adorable pup, and discovered our new favorite variety of apples: SweeTango (it’s the new honeycrisp….).
One day I walked into work and found THIS at my desk! It is now pinned onto my wall next to the photos of all my favorite people that smile at me every day while I work.
Last weekend, my mom and grandparents came to visit us. I COOKED for the two best cooks I know (no pressure…). I tell ya what, there is something so surreal about your grandmother walking into your house and saying it smells good because of what you’re cooking! During our visit, we explored some crazy antique/fun shops here. I fell in love with an adorable reindeer decoration and am now kind of excited for the Christmas season. I also found two more medicine bottles to add to my collection–one of which is a completely authentic 100 year old glass bottle with an imprint from an ACTUAL pharmacy in La Crosse!
Today I came home from work after a crazy busy day to see THIS waiting for me :) complete with whipped cream. He is amazing.
I know some of these things are really simple, but the point is: life is happening all around you. HIS mercies are new every morning. Just the fact that I woke up today means it was supposed to happen. Today has a reason…a purpose. HIS purpose. I may be stressed and tired, but he gave me today for a reason and with all of these reminders, how can I possibly lament? Because of His great love we are not consumed.
Great is his faithfulness.