If you’ve only read a few of my weekly devotionals, possibly you’ve wondered about my mental health! These writings may not be the staid and stuffy one’s you’re used to. Even though life overflows with pandemic fears, political conflicts and serious moral failures, my peripheral vision somehow captures a somewhat humorous angle, though slightly twisted. Maybe I should be more serious. Perhaps. After all, what’s found here in the Old Testament book of Lamentations is hardly a laughing matter. Not in the least.
The prophet Jeremiah likely pens this lament. It’s a sorrowful tale about Jerusalem’s destruction. Tragedy hangs out on every corner. Violence rushes down streets like Spanish Pamplona bulls. Tears flood lanes and alleys. Ruination rules day and night. As I said, no laughing matter.
Yet, in its midst come these comforting words–“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. ‘The Lord is my portion,’ says my soul, ‘therefore I will hope in him'” (Lam. 3: 22-24).
God’s great love…unfailing compassion…daily newness…extraordinary faithfulness. All together giving us His hope. When the sky is falling, we need an encouraging word or two or three. These are them!
Mental health, sprinkled with a random chuckle, pays rich dividends by adding capital to our fragile emotions. Yet such sturdiness barely happens on its own. No kidding, more is needed. And we know whose helping hand reaches out to us.
Grab hold. Mull over His promises, putting them front and center. Help has arrived! For the Lord stays close by. No matter what comes our way, good, bad or indifferent, Jesus travels right beside us, His hand in ours.
Do I hear a hearty laugh of joy at that thought? Yes! And an old-fashioned ‘amen’ to boot!
Thank you, Jesus, for always helping me. Amen.