Over a week ago, it was finally my mother’s turn to sign up for her vaccination, a super event at the local fairgrounds. We went to the website, put in her information, and looked at every possible day. All full. We waited a couple of hours to try again (in case someone had already cancelled), only to learn that we had to re-enter all her information again––for each day we wanted to check. Again, all full.
Later I went in on my own, opened a new window for each day, re-re-entered her information and hit the return button. Still all full. This was beginning to feel both repetitive and futile. I decided to refresh one of the days, just to see if it would keep her information. The page refreshed and suddenly there was an appointment opening. I grabbed it!
Though I learned two valuable lessons that day––don’t get discouraged and be persistent––I think the most valuable lesson was the need to refresh.
Too many times we carry yesterday’s burdens and concerns into today. That is not to say, they don’t still exist, but we bring them with us without hitting the refresh button. Without spending time with God first.
Lamentations 3:22-23 says, “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
And Isaiah 40:31 reminds us that “Those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength . . .”
And then another reminder to “Cast your burden upon the Lord and He will sustain you . . .” (Psalm 55:22).
Our burdens will indeed grow heavy, our hearts weary, and our souls tired if we don’t come before the Lord each morning and allow Him to refresh us: to remind us that His love is never ending, and He has new mercies ready for us each day.
Great is His faithfulness.