I look out the dining room window and see the row of day lilies below. They seem to bloom later in the season than other day lilies in the neighborhood. Could it be because mine were planted in a shady area? I see several blooms that will open in the next few days. But today. One flower has opened. It is a beautiful rust color.
I’m surprised the flower had a chance to bloom. In years’ past, the deer have eaten all the blossoms before they ever had a chance to open. Maybe this is my lucky year. Maybe this year, all the flowers will get their chance to shine. Maybe they’ll be able to open. If only for a day. But they will make that day count. Oh. These flowers do make their one day of beauty shine. They are breathtaking.
These day lilies have a short lifespan. One day. But in that one day, they can bring a smile to one’s face. One look at the beauty of God’s handiwork will send hope for the flower that blooms tomorrow. For this one day, though, this open flower has the power to spread cheer and excitement.
The faithful love of the Lord never ends. His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness. His mercies begin afresh every morning. Lamentations 3:22-23
I’m reminded that there is also another part of God’s beauty that lasts only for a day. God’s mercy. Oh. He promises mercy for each day. He promises just enough mercy for this one day. And this day alone. Tomorrow another bud of mercy will bloom.
Just as I see the row of day lilies waiting their turn to bloom, so I think of God’s row of mercies lined up for me this week. I can’t use those mercies yet. I must wait until tomorrow for God’s new mercy to hold me through tomorrow’s worries and troubles. I consider that today is still new and fresh with plenty of mercy waiting to sweep over me. Whenever I call on God to pour out his mercy on me today, he won’t disappoint. He will shower me with enough mercy for the moment. For the hour. For the day. He never fails. He never disappoints. At times, I feel the worries and fears begin to creep in. But they slip away as mercy rains down on me. God is faithful and showers me with mercy when I need it.
So when I think of my troubles, I know the mercy maker is waiting to pour a fresh batch of mercy over me whenever I call. I think of the worry deer eating away at my budding hopes. I know the worry may threaten to destroy my peace and faith. But I also know another thing. My God is the giver of life and the renewer of mercy. So for today, I have all the mercy I need. For today, the one day lily that is blooming is enough. Tomorrow is on the horizon. I don’t know what it will bring. But this one thing I do know. There will be a fresh outpouring of mercy waiting for me. All I have to do is receive it.
Mercy for the day.