I planted some mint seeds over a month ago. The seeds I placed in the dirt were like little dust particles. I had very little faith that anything would sprout. According to the package the seeds were to sprout in 7-14 days. On day 7 I was kind of disappointed that there was no sign of any growth, but by day 14 I saw a little green sprout. Every day since I have checked the plant, and every day I feel a little frustration that it is not growing a little faster.
Today as I was checking my plant I was about to throw it out, despite the little green sprout, but I stopped myself, because in that moment God placed in my heart a reminder of His mercy towards me. I became a Christian many years ago, and sometimes I still feel like a tiny green sprout, and not the mighty oak many would expect after many years. God’s mercy towards me as I slowly grow in my faith is unfathomable.
The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in mercy. -Psalm 103:8
The mercy and long-suffering of God has never been more than now, and it will never be less than now. Mercy is not something God has, but rather it is something God is. Therefore, if God is mercy, He has always been merciful, and will always be merciful, because God does not change.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. -Hebrews 13:8
As AW Towzer once said, ‘”The mercy of God is and ocean divine, a boundless and fathomless flood.” Let us plunge into the mercy of God and come to know it. I hope you believe this, because you’re going to need this mercy desperately if you don’t already have it.’1
1Moody Bible Institute, Attributes of God Volume 1, United States of America: Christian Publications Inc., 1997, pp 95