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Calling Mercy

Have you ever played the game “Mercy,” on the playground? I’m sure it’s not allowed on school playgrounds anymore, due to the true brutality of the game. It’s a game of enduring pain where both participants grasp hands and try to bend the other one’s back until the weaker one yells Mercy!! I remember playing against the boys on the playground, trying to prove that girls were just as tough as boys. Sometimes I would win, but other times I wouldn’t. I really didn’t like to lose, but sometimes you just had to give in because you didn’t want a broken finger, hand, or wrist.
Thinking back to the game, it made me think about the word mercy and how much mercy God has shown me. I know there have been times in my life when I was close to snapping or breaking and I’d end up calling out for help, for mercy. It was in those times that I would admit that I was not as strong or as independent as I wanted to be. God in his wonderful nature immediately extends mercy to a mere human crying out and giving up. Mercy is defined as compassion or forgiveness shown toward someone whom it is within one’s power to punish or harm. God has the upper hand and He could quickly destroy me or you, but he doesn’t. He has compassion on us, a compassion that we can try to understand but never be able to achieve within the true character of who He is. But, in order to receive the fullness of mercy, I think you have to see the depth of it and accept the need for it with total surrender.

Mercy comes when you come to the end of yourself.

“Give thanks to The Lord, for his mercy endures forever.” Psalm 118:1

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Posted by on August 25, 2014 in Spiritual Reflections

 

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In the Good times and Bad

“When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider: God has made the one as well as the other.  Therefore, a man cannot discover anything about his future.”  Ecclesiastes 7:14

When I read this chapter, this afternoon, this verse popped out the most to me.  The word that jumped out the most was “consider.”  To consider is to think about carefully.  When times are going smooth, we are happy.  We are enjoying the things we have, we aren’t worried, we are living it up, so to speak.  But when times are bad, we begin to think.  Our mood shifts, we feel unstable, we realize we aren’t in control of all aspects of our lives.  We consider what God is trying to teach us in the tough times.  We realize how weak we really are.  We realize how much we should depend on God and not circumstances or ourselves.  If we don’t consider, we usually make bad decisions and then in turn make the situation worse.

I’m the type of person who is always trying to look ahead.  I over plan things in my mind and then when unforeseen speed bumps or obstacles occur, I get frustrated.  I’m trying to control my future.  But the truth is, I can’t control anything.  Instead, I need to learn to consider why things happen.  I need to realize that God knows the future and it’s in His hands.  He has taken care of me in the past and he will take care of me in the now.  I just have to trust Him. 

 

 
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Posted by on March 18, 2014 in Spiritual Reflections

 

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