by Nancy Kay Grace
“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23 NIV
The overnight rain gave way to a sunny day. The autumn Sunday afternoon turned into the perfect day for a field trip to a local pumpkin patch with my two-year-old grandson and his parents.
In the muddy field of pumpkins, little Zach spotted a small round pumpkin, ran over to it, pointed and exclaimed, “Punkin!” He toddled over to another pint-sized one, picked it up, and again burst out with “Punkin!” He then dropped it in pursuit of another.
Tripping over the vines in the mud, he headed toward a big orange one that was taller than his knees. After groaning to pick it up, he gave up when he spotted a small white pumpkin. He ran over to it, letting out another joyful squeal. The mud didn’t bother him. Zach’s excitement over each discovery was contagious. We laughed and pointed out more pumpkins for him. He never tired of finding the different sizes and kinds of gourds lying on the ground. Each one was new to him. Before we left, Zach chose his own special pumpkin, which he held on his lap during the ride home.
This sweet autumn memory makes me wonder— am I as excited as a toddler discovering new things as I see God’s simple blessings in daily life?
The verse in Lamentations reveals how God’s compassions are new every morning. They are as fresh as the crisp, morning air after an overnight rain. God’s handiwork is available for us each day, if we have eyes to see it. His faithfulness and provision overflow into our laps if we would embrace His goodness.
In the busyness of our lives, may we be eager to discover the wonders of God as seen through the eyes of a toddler, pointing out the simple blessings that are all around us.
Heavenly Father, thank You for being faithful with new mercies every morning. Open my eyes to see how You are working in this crazy world. Help me to walk joyfully with You, discovering simple daily blessings. Amen.
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About the author: Nancy Kay Grace is thankful for the gift of peace in the face of turmoil. She is a speaker and award-winning author of The Grace Impact, a devotional about the touch of God. As a cancer survivor, she writes about hope, perseverance, and God’s grace. For relaxation, Nancy enjoys hugs from grandchildren, playing worship songs on piano, hiking, and travel. Her website, blog, and GraceNotes newsletter sign-up are found at www.nancykaygrace.com.
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