Great is His Faithfulness

"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

The train jolted to a stop, all the while my mind was a tumble of thoughts. My eyes kept flicking back towards the Chinese newspaper a woman across from me on the subway was reading. The only word I recognized was ISIS. Instantly, I was filled with fear. A moment later an elderly woman, wrapped in a shawl made from a beach towel, rattled onto our car with a cart that had signs with biblical phrases on it. She began to sing a halting jumbled version of "Great is Thy Faithfulness" and in between one of the stanzas she said; "It's a new day. His mercies are new every morning." 

In that moment, I knew the Lord had answered an unspoken and unthought-of prayer. I was too caught up in my fear to even remember to pray. I was afraid and He was reminding me He is in control. 

I usually forget that I'm only seeing a small picture of the world when I'm living in a moment of fear. I'm not remembering that whatever happens there is a God who is bigger than all of it. He loves me. He is faithful, always. 

“Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father,

There is no shadow of turning with Thee;
Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not
As Thou hast been Thou forever wilt be."

Lyrics by Thomas Chisholm