The byline for my blog is “pursuing a life of love, faithfulness and simplicity.” I offer a brief description of the kind of love I’m talking about in my first post. The second and third touch on simplicity and how essential oils fit into the scheme of things. In this post I want to think for a few minutes about faithfulness.
Faithfulness is one of those words –like love – that is easier to throw around than to define. When I was brainstorming ideas for the blog, a passage from the Bible came to mind that captures what I’m shooting for.
Lamentations 3:22–23 is embedded in a short book of poetry attributed to the Old Testament prophet Jeremiah. Scholars believe he likely authored these shortly after his home town of Jerusalem was destroyed in 586 B.C.
God told Jeremiah to warn his countrymen to repent of their sin. So he warned, he campaigned, he even wrote a book about it. They refused. Despite numerous chances over a long period of time, the people ignored the pleas of the prophet. When it was over, a lament was to be expected.
What is surprising then, is to find this couplet of praise mixed in with the poetry of mourning. Jeremiah says, “The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”
Faithfulness, I think, looks like presence in the midst of pain, a spark of life in a landscape otherwise shadowed by death. Perhaps just a little bit like the hopeful sprig of mint that survived winter on our back porch despite our neglect, and weather ranging from rain to snow and ice – sometimes all in one 24-hour period.
Since God has shown Himself faithful to me over time and through circumstances both exhilarating and heart-wrenching, I want faithfulness to characterize my relationships and the way I fulfill my responsibilities. If I want to follow His example, I have to regularly ponder about what it mean to pursue a life marked by faithfulness. I think perhaps rather than a handful of celebratory moments, this is more likely to be the accumulation of small acts of love offered repeatedly over an extended period of time.
As I think about how faithfulness fits within the frame of this blog, I think of it first as an attribute of God. The sunrise each day reminds us that He still is. Still holding things together. Still extending mercy. Still renewing the possibilities that stretch between a sunrise and a sunset. I want my blog offerings to celebrate His faithfulness.
Second, I think of faithfulness as an expression of love. The kind of love God has for me and the kind of love I want to have for others. Amazing, isn’t it, that Jeremiah could see the connection between these two characteristics even from his seat in the rubble of what used to be Jerusalem? As I share, I want to search for the connecting points between life’s events and the loving hand of God especially when circumstances make it hard to see them.
Time, love and faithfulness … kind of reminds me of a song.