We were spoiled rotten on this mission trip.
The mission organization we worked with in the Dominican did not have adequate housing, so teams stay at a nearby hotel. It is not necessarily the nicest hotel on the island, but it was the nicest place I’ve ever stayed on a mission trip!
It was clean, the rooms were nice, the water was usually warm and sometimes hot, the food was great, and the view was spectacular.
We were right on the ocean. Literally thirty feet away from the waves crashing on the shore.
We were spoiled rotten.
They also had a very nice pool, which was greatly enjoyed and used by all. But by the end of the day, it was a bit messy.
By the end of the day, bugs had found their way to the pool. Sand had been tracked into the pool. And plenty of leaves, twigs, and flowers were not only in the pool, but by nightfall the whole area around the pool was covered. You could hardly take a step without landing on something. It wasn’t a big deal; it was just the way it was.
One of the first mornings there, as I was walking past the pool on my way to breakfast, some of the workers were just putting the finishing touches on the pool and the area around it. The work they were doing was nothing short of a miracle; they were making the pool brand new again.
Each day this was the routine. We dirtied the pool, the wind dirtied the pool, but by morning it was brand new again.
It struck me that this is what God does for us.
Lamentations 3:22-23 tells us God’s mercies are new every morning. We dirty up our lives during the day, and then while we are sleeping, God is at work cleaning us up. Extending his mercy to us so when we wake up, God says to us, “You and I are alright. Things are good between us. Let’s spend the day together.”
We inevitably mess things up, but it’s not a big deal. God is faithful despite our unfaithfulness, and He says to us again (and again and again and again), “You and I are alright. I’ve taken care of it. I’ve made things good between us again. Let’s spend today together.”
That’s amazing grace. Grace that can change our perspective, change our understanding of how we relate to God, change how we live our lives.
Are you trusting in God’s daily mercies? Are you able to lean into and embrace this gift God brings to the table? This gift that does not depend on you or I in any way? Can you believe it is true? And that it is for you?