There are so many times the Lord could have taken away from us, but instead, He gave. Our daily steps before the Lord probably have not been the picture of perfection. I know I personally have had many ashes during my lifetime that needed beautifying. And yet, every day when I wake up, every day when I open my eyes, I am blessed with the gift of new mercies (Lamentations 3:22-23), as are you.
Those mercies are much needed, as anyone can easily testify to. Because, as I am walking forward, I can easily take a look back and cringe at the litter my previous pathways left behind. But that renewed mercy smiles at me and encourages me in the newness of this day before me. It helps to push me to walk where my feet may have previously felt unworthy to walk. It draws me to step out of the door into what is presently before me, bidding me try again. Believe again. Make the effort to do better again. It draws me to see God is still in the business of using me for His works, for His kingdom, and for His glory.
Reading Judges 16, I see how Samson broke away from the stipulations God placed on him through the Nazarite vow of not cutting his hair and the suffering that came because of it.
But then, there is this one verse out of his whole story that jumped out at me: “Howbeit the hair of his head began to grow again after he was shaven,” (Judges 16:22), which was the symbol of his Nazarite vow. It was by grace that God allowed for regrowth. He could have just washed His hands of Samson and kept away what he had lost, but God is the one that allowed for the grace and mercy of regrowth.
Every day we are given is another chance for us to experience that same kind of regrowth. It may not be our hair, but maybe there was something we let go of, something we didn’t guard or tend to as we should have, something we may have neglected, and as a result, we didn’t end up where we were supposed to be.
But with the new mercy of today, we have a chance for regrowth. We have been given the grace to plant again and work in the fields God has given us. Samson used his regrowth period to go out with a bang. What can you do with yours? If we are here today, that means our story is not over. The grace for God’s regrowth is real and very present for us today.
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