During this season of Lent our church is studying Lamentations. Lament is an art form we are completely numb to as Americans. We really don’t want to open our eyes and ears to what we really feel and think when we’ve been devastated by tragedy or by our own failure. We’d rather not feel anything, and yet Lament is instructive about how we can be present to what we really feel and think as a way out of our devastation. What I particularly love in Lamentations is this part in the middle of his Lament, when the prophet Jeremiah forces himself, without any visible evidence around him, to recall the reality of God’s character. He writes:
“I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall. I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me. Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, ‘The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for Him.'” Lamentations 3: 19-24
Maybe my life doesn’t have a whole lot of visible evidence around me that God is still good, but even in the middle of that kind of hardship it’s important to remind myself about the facts of who God is even if it doesn’t “feel like it.” My God can, and will, still find a way to be faithful and showcase His great love.