Great is Thy faithfulness
O God my Father
There is no shadow of turning with Thee
Thou changest not
Thy compassions they fail not
As Thou hast been
Thou forever will be

We have had a rainy fall. After consulting the thesaurus, it would be more accurate to say we have had an inordinate amount of rain this fall. Which is wonderful, but also a bit odd; our monsoon rain season scheduled for late summer, came late. The moisture has made for green pastures and muddy shoes, and early fires in the dining hall fireplace. Groups have left umbrellas, and coats all around camp, shedding them for the welcome sunshine between the spots of rain. In preparation for spring, and we still have winter snow to count on, we should be a very lush Sacramento. Because the rain is not just for now, it’s for the coming season.

If you have ever been surprised by the so-called “gifts” God has sent you, then you probably understand what I mean. God, I did not ask for this now; where was this when I needed it? God, I was not expecting this particular blessing this soon; what am I to do with it? And yet he gives us, indeed, gifts, just at the precise time we need them, without our expectation, and in his loving timing. Simply because God knows best.

He has seen unfathomably far into the seasons ahead, and He is giving us our trials, blessings, and even sufferings in preparation for the future. Our all-knowing God is infinitely good. His ways are higher than ours, and it does not do well to think He is unaware of what His loved and cherished people need. Trust Him. Taste Him and realize His goodness.

This is an often forgotten verse of Great is Thy Faithfulness, but as a child this verse always got stuck in my head because it is just so descriptive.

Summer and winter, and springtime and harvest,
Sun, moon and stars in their courses above,
Join with all nature in manifold witness
To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.

Nature echoes His faithfulness, will you echo it as well?

Great Is Thy Faithfulness Lyrics by Thomas Obediah Chisholm