New Seasons, New Day
“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. I say to myself, ‘“The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.’” Lamentations 3:22-24
I love this bright spot in the book filled with lamentation regarding the destruction of Jerusalem. These words almost jump off the page as a reminder that, amid the chaos and brokenness of life, His compassions never fail. These verses have echoed loudly in my ear for many years as I have endured a great amount of pain and heartache. But, because of the Fathers love, none of these things can consume us.
I grew up in a dysfunctional situation. With both of my parents addicted to heroin, their choices caused my siblings and I to grow up around unhealthy people. From age five to fifteen I experienced rape and sexual abuse on a consistent basis. Like many sexual assault victims, I thought I invited the abuse.
In the middle of the turmoil going on in my home, I was invited to an Assemblies of God church across the street from where I lived. That church is where I met God for the very first time. I was discipled and later taken in by one of the church leaders to be a part of their family. As I got older, I continued to pursue God. I held a mistaken belief that if I pursued God more and more, I would never see another bad day.
When I was 18 years old, the young man I expected to marry one day, drowned right before he turned 18. I remember thinking I would never see the other side of brokenness. The events of my life left me so hurt, so sad and heartbroken. I didn’t know what the Lord was doing behind the scenes. Now, years later, I see how the Lord was shaping me to have strong faith.
Israel Houghton wrote a song called New Season. He says, “It’s a new season, it’s a new day, fresh anointing is coming my way…” I believe I am in the season of His fresh anointing. My husband and I took a giant leap of faith and planted a thriving church in Richmond, Virginia. I never imagined this would be a part of my story, but here we are in a new season of ministry and the Lord has been so faithful to us.
Maybe you are in a season where you can’t seem to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Maybe you feel broken beyond repair. I want to encourage you to read Lamentation 3:22-24 and remember that He is faithful to see you through. Your season of fresh anointing is closer than you think.