Messing up seems to be a part of life. The scriptures are certainly clear about it, saying that not one person has an excuse, and all have gone their own way. As I sat outside at sunset today I recalled some of my mistakes of the day. Then I remembered some more. The path of them goes back as far as I can remember. As the light of day receded, I also remembered looking at the Trifid Nebula in the Southern skies a few days ago. Call it silly, but the Holy Spirit reminded of how many times I had seen it. It's soft appearance and unique shape have been a welcome site every summer--like His unfailing love that keeps coming back, even in the midst of our mistakes and sins. It is humbling to see how His mercy extends so far to catch us and love us in times when it is so obvious that we are not very lovely.
So the observation and sketch (below) remind me of the mercy of God--mercy that is extended because of Jesus Christ, who is able to keep us, forgive us for our many mistakes, and even remind us that He has not left us as orphans if we choose to believe Him and repent of our sin. O my goodness, thank you, Lord.
The Lord loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of his unfailing love.
By the word of the Lord were the heavens made, the starry host by the breath of his mouth.