The God of Mercy

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…his compassions never fail. (Lam 3:22)

In the last few weeks, I have been extremely busy with the Speech Therapy Clinic. My first patients came with issues that were new-to-me which left me researching, reading, and learning late into the nights (and on weekends), while continuing to wake up early for language class and online learning with the kids. At the same time, differences in management and communication styles at work left me emotionally exhausted.

Interestingly, it was this time last year, when we were also in a period of extreme stress, completing a seminary course, wrapping up both of our previous jobs, managing onboarding expectations prior to deployment, packing up our belongings, selling our house, while continuing to drive our kids to school and activities, and investing quality time in farewells. Yet, we’ve lived to tell the tale of His great love and faithfulness. We were not consumed.

A year later. We still hold to this.
“Because of the Lord’s great love
we are not consumed.”

In the peak of the stress, one line in my journal summed it up, “Jesus, I need a break.” And it was as if the God of the universe was just waiting for permission to intervene. He orchestrated a sequence of events that reminded us that He is foremost in the rescuing business. (It’s kinda His jam!)

First, He provided speech therapist friends who were resourced and willing to support me. From Zoom collaborative meetings to actual therapy materials, God used these sisters to tangibly remind me that He holds my hand and He will make a way. Then on the following day, mysterious internet issues cut our language class short and give me two hours of relief. Finally, a couple days later, our language classes were cancelled for two weeks due to precautionary measures related to potential virus exposure of one of our teachers. Talk about immediate answered prayer. I was literally given a break. It felt like God moved mountains just for little me!

“As for me, it is good to be near God.
I have made the Sovereign Lord my refuge;
I will tell of all your deeds”

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