I came across Lamentations 3 the other day and I couldn't stop smiling after I read it. My favorite part of the chapter is verses 17-25...
My soul is bereft of peace; I have forgotten what happiness is;
so I say, "My endurance has perished; so has my hope from the Lord."
Remember my affliction and my wanderings, the wormwood and the gall!
My soul continually remembers it and is bowed down within me.
But this I call to mind, and therefore I have HOPE:
The steadfast love of the Lord NEVER ceases: his mercies NEVER come to an end;
they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
"The Lord is my portion," says my soul, "therefore I will
HOPE IN HIM."
The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him.
Isn't that simply amazing??? When you can't remember what happiness is, when it feels like there is no hope... we can remember that Jesus Christ is HOPE. It's so easy to give up...to lose faith...to lose hope. Thank God He always pulls me back up when I start to feel that way. He has so much mercy on us it's hard to wrap my mind around it. He LOVES us so much I can't even fathom it! Rediscovering this new hope I have in Christ is simply...well... breathtaking. Through all these ups and downs and the days of lacking faith, God hasn't given up on me.
HOW HE LOVES.