At this time of year it’s great to see that summer is on its way. In June (winter) the wattles near where we live (in Melbourne) start to bloom. It’s a lovely sign that spring is just around the corner. Over recent weeks as we have gone on our daily walk we have seen one species after another break into blossom. It seems that up to a third of Australia’s 960 species of wattle bloom it winter. Driving along our roads it’s like little bursts of sunshine on the bleakest day.
As we walk down our path we are reminded of God’s love and mercies. As Lamentations 3:22 states: “The steadfast (unwavering) love of the Lord never ceases, His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning.” When you think about it we take so many of the Lords Mercies for granted. Whether we can see them or not, the moon stays in its orbit the stars are there every night and each morning the sun rises. We wake up every day with a roof over our head, a job to do, food to eat and clothes to wear.
Thomas Chisholm who penned the words of the old hymn mirrors the words in Lamentations. Part of The chorus reads: Morning by morning new mercies I see. All I have needed thy hand hath provided. Great is Thy faithfulness Lord unto me.
In 586 BC the prophet Jeremiah penned Lamentations after the fall of Jerusalem. Even though he was heartbroken he reminds us that God’s love never changes. In times of trial or testing it helps us to keep things in perspective.
A wattle is flowering somewhere in Australia all year round because they also flower in spring, summer and autumn.