I've had a unique opportunity today to contemplate God's mercy. I woke up today in pain. It was my back. Anyone who's ever had back pain knows how debilitating a back pain is; simple, everyday duties like getting dressed or walking up stairs become a lesson in courage.
Well, I happened to be in the book of Numbers today (reading the Bible in a year) and had been thinking a lot lately about Israel's constant rituals serving as reminders of both their sinfulness and God's provision. It led me to considering my own sin and the punishment I deserve for my rebelliousness: death. However, because of God's great love, He took on that punishment Himself and freed me from that sentence. The only thing left for me to bear is this back pain; the new hope I gain is eternity in Paradise.
Tonight, after a long day of work and constant suffering, I am grateful for this pain. It's a reminder of my utter dependence on God and how much greater He is than my physical limitations. It's also a reminder of how much He blesses me and how easy it is for me to take simple things like health and physical ability for granted. I am humbled and able to say that God is indeed merciful and deserving of all my praise, especially with this pain.