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 that seeks him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord. (Lamentations 3:22-26)
Sometimes when I am walking in the mornings, I find myself humming a song –and this morning, it happened to be “Great is Thy Faithfulness.”
Great is Thy faithfulness!” “Great is Thy faithfulness!”
Morning by morning new mercies I see;
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided—
“Great is Thy faithfulness,” Lord, unto me!
And as often happens with me, the song brought me back to an old memory. Many years ago, I had this hare-brained scheme – my own ‘going the distance.’ I was going to ride my bike across the country. Others had done it and inspired me to do it, but I had a problem – I didn’t have enough vacation time to do it all at once. So, I recruited my sister and another good friend to start the journey with me one state at a time. We began in San Francisco, planning on a seven-day trip ending just over the border of California into Nevada. Did I happen to mention that none of us had done a week-long bike trip, we didn’t know how to change a tire, and two of us were Florida kids crossing the Sierra Nevada mountains at almost seven thousand feet? And — there was no cell phone coverage or GPS for much of the journey.
On day six, we were climbing up Emigrant Pass with log trucks whizzing by us, having little idea of when we would reach the summit, almost out of water, and ready to give up. A little sign came into focus, “Angel’s Way.” This brought us just enough energy to keep on going. Then, we started singing “Great is Thy Faithfulness” to get us to the summit. We had all run out of water, but when we reached it, we saw the first car we had encountered in hours. Sitting at a picnic table was a couple and a cooler waiting for us like angels sent from God. They offered us all the water we needed to get us to our destination for the night.
Why do I share this story? Over the years, I have learned that when I reach the end of my own limited resources, I somehow receive the abundance of God’s resources. That often comes through angels disguised as ordinary humans. All that I need, God’s hand has provided – Great is thy faithfulness, O God!
Where have you experienced angels along your life journey?
Rev. Dr. Deb Kaiser-Cross
Minister for Congregational Care
For those suffering in body, mind, or spirit – those who have reached the end of their own resources:
Compassionate Lord, when we find ourselves in trouble, when we reach the end of our limited resources, you give out of your abundance, often in the most unexpected ways. Teach us to let go of our self-sufficiency and pride long enough to see how you meet us in ordinary angels along life’s way. And then, help us to remember to thank you for your faithfulness. In Jesus the Christ. Amen.