Do you ever have the feeling that you’re getting the same message again and again? You read something and a particular turn of phrase speaks to you. It nudges you, and your spirit responds. Then, you hear a song on the radio. As you begin to sing along, you realize the lyrics are conveying the same idea. Then, someone starts talking to you about something completely unrelated, and you hear those same words again.
Is it just a coincidence?
I don’t think so.
That message is everywhere for a reason.
I believe the Bible’s promise that all things work together for good for those of us who love God and are called according to His purpose. And I believe that promise extends beyond all major life events to include all the small details of any given day.
How can that be? Here’s how. Every part of life that we invite God into gives Him an opportunity to speak to us, to comfort and encourage us, to bless us, and to guide us in the direction He intends for us to go. If we give it all to Him, He can use it all for our good.
Recently, every time I turn around, I’ve been getting reminded of God’s unfailing love. That word – “unfailing” – has been coming at me from all directions. And the details of what that means and how it works have been coming at me, too. So clearly, it’s important for me to be thinking about that in all aspects of my life.
Maybe it’s important for you, too.
Here are a few of the expressions of God’s unfailing love that have crossed my path in the past few days:
Promises of Scripture – “…the Lord’s unfailing love surrounds the man who trusts in Him.” “The Lord loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of His unfailing love.” “The plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of His heart through all generations.” “May your unfailing love rest upon us, O Lord, even as we put our hope in You.” “…those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.” “A righteous man may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all.” “The righteous cry out and the Lord hears them; He delivers them from all their troubles.”
Song Lyrics – “Everything you hold in your hand, and still you make time for me… I can’t understand. How beautiful is your unfailing love.” “Lead, Lord, with unfailing love… and we will sing as we go on: Our God is faithful.” “Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love.”
Other Words of Hope – A recent Joel Osteen sermon urged listeners to “get in agreement with God’s promises to bless you and not to curse you, to prosper you and not to harm you, to fulfill your dream of a child….” He shared stories of several infertile couples who trusted God’s unfailing love, and are now parents. On a walk last week, I encountered a 7’ tall heart in front of a tiny local church bearing the words, “Love never fails.”
Tangible Evidence – Two couples from the infertility Bible study who’ve struggled for years to conceive just succeeded! One couple conceived twins through IVF after multiple IVF miscarriages. The other couple conceived naturally after a surgery the doctors said was “unlikely to make a statistically significant difference” in the odds of conceiving. The doctors may have forecasted failure, but God’s unfailing love defied the odds.
For me, these reminders have been a nudge to express the gratitude I feel for my own experiences of God’s unfailing love. For you, they may be a reminder. Or they may be a promise. Or both. Whatever your take on them, I’m convinced the God whose love never fails is at work in your little corner of the world.
Ask Him to remind you that His love is constant and never-ending. It wants nothing less than the very best for you. It wills the best, plans for the best, promises the best, and works for the best. It is an amazing, unmerited, priceless gift. And it’s all yours.
Want more inspiration on your infertility journey? Read Pregnant With Hope: Good News for Infertile Couples.