Great is Thy Faithfulness

I basked in the sanctuary of the church that I’d called home for twenty-six years. My throat constricted as we sang the words, “Great is Thy faithfulness, O God, my Father. There is no shadow of turning with Thee.” I remembered the first time I sang those word with conviction.

It was my senior year at Asbury College. My life wasn’t turning out as I expected. My future was unclear, so I sang the hymn as I placed one foot in front of the other, rounding the athletic track, one precious word with each step. “Thou-chang-est-not-Thy-com-pas-sions-they-fail-not-as-Thou-hast-been-Thou-for-e-ver-wilt-be.”

I’d witnessed His faithfulness over the last three decades. In big problems and little annoyances, God proved faithful to me. In that very sanctuary I watched—awestruck, as my husband was baptized after 17 years of marriage. The Lord had been faithful in child rearing and in six difficult years of caregiving. What I knew of His faithfulness astounded me, yet I had no doubt that when I see Jesus and know what went on behind the scenes in my life, I’ll learn of the myriads of times He was faithful to me and I was clueless.

My life was about to take a turn. I’d be leaving my church home to take a step of faith. Tom and I would be moving to the country in North Carolina.

I glanced around. In front of me sat a couple that served in our church ever since I could remember. Married for 69 years, she was declining. He sat close to her, arm secured around frail shoulders. They sang of God’s faithfulness.

Behind me sat a couple that lost their son the previous week. Mid-thirties, the reason for his death remained a mystery. They sang of God’s faithfulness with grief-etched faces.

I knew of many experiencing financial difficulties. All across the congregation, there was a decoupage of God’s faithfulness. Layer upon layer of it. Years upon years of it.

During the middle of the worst difficulties, I had trouble seeing his care. But in retrospect, His providence is a masterpiece.

I just need to remember that.

Maybe you need to remember that, too.

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