What does Mercy mean?

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This question was asked on a program I was watching last night…

Welcome dear friend, I hope you have your favorite beverage & tasty treat ready while you join me in a time of reflection…

I have an apple & black tea blend & a warm gf sweet date scone with lashings of butter to enjoy.  We are sitting in my living room today as a huge storm with thunder, lightening & pelting rain has just gone over the peninsula.

The dictionary definition of Mercy; is to alleviate suffering when it is  within your power to do so. 

In my reflection Leprosy community in Thailand I shared the poignant moment that I became personally acquainted with Leprosy sufferers & the devastating affects this ancient disease can have in this day & age.

The more I researched & studied the impact of Leprosy in today’s world the more I knew I had to be active in the fight against it. In my research I came across the work of Dr Paul Brand & his pioneering surgical procedures in correcting the destructive effects that Leprosy can have upon the body. I was so inspired by his work that I was determined to become a fellow Reconstructive Surgeon to continue the work amongst Leprosy sufferers.

When I returned to Australia the timing for pursuing this goal was not right as family commitments & life events at that time were all consuming…But my passion continued to grow; eventually becoming an educator for the Leprosy Mission of Australia.

Then the timing came for me to do my two year pre med studies at University to enter Medicine…with three school aged children this was no easy task…but with God’s strength I completed my finals to enter Medicine…

However, life took a unexpected turn of events & these demanded more time than I could now commit to a Medical & Surgical degree which is an extremely intensive course.

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I sought the Lord in prayer, as I had wisely learnt to do when plans seemingly look to have hit a dead end…I knew God had a plan but what was it…as He has said;

I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare & not for calamity to give you a future & a hope…

Jeremiah 29:11

As I was praying, memories of my High School days & the abuse I had suffered at the hands of one particular nasty bully flooded my mind…& the very unwise counsel I had been given at the time…mmmm…

Psychology I & II, Neuro biology, physiology & chemistry were amongst the subjects that I had studied in my pre med course, which I had enjoyed immensely…was this the direction I was being led towards?

When I made enquires, I found that I could do a Behavioral Science degree with the option of a three quarter or half load which worked far better for my family circumstances…on application for entrance into this degree I was accredited a full year of subjects from my two year pre med course! Everything fell into place seamlessly!

I shared this with a friend & she commented that instead of becoming a Reconstructive Surgeon…God had lead me into the area of rebuilding lives through therapy & counseling of the mind & emotions.

What does this have to do with the question of Mercy you may ask…

The program I had watched was a documentary on the Mercy Ships serving in African countries, where medical care is very limited for those who are living in poverty. Mercy ships are floating hospitals with Christian volunteer specialist medical & surgical staff to help those who need their expertise in third world countries, free of charge.

It reminded me of the journey I had taken…Sometimes we can plan all things but God in His wisdom has other plans for us. I can now see that His plan was far better for my family & I, both in the short & long term…& I have been able to still help in the fight against Leprosy but just in a differing capacity than I had planned….

Until next time…

Jennifer

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30 thoughts on “What does Mercy mean?

  1. God is so good…as are His plans for us. As I look back over the years, I’ve been amazed to see His mercy and grace bestowed upon me again and again along life’s journey. He is our Mercy Ship and all we have to do is step on board. Thanks so much for sharing this part of your journey, Jennifer. ❤ Blessings and love, my friend. xo

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  2. Dear Jennifer,
    Your story brought tears to my eyes. God’s ways are so much higher than ours, and they are so much better! What a beautiful comment that your friend made–you have still walked the path of reconstruction, for hearts and minds, through the path God led you. Thank you for your encouraging words here. Blessings to you!

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  3. I loved your post. It is inspiring to know that no matter how passionate and godly intended our work is, He will be right by our sides pruning as we go along. It’s a dance with God, and the hard part is letting Him lead. Thank you for sharing!

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  4. God’s plans-when we will learn to trust Him completely? What an inspiring story of God’s wisdom and direction, Jennifer. It is refreshing to hear how God provided. I believe He did this in your life because you took steps of faith to help people. He provides all things to work together for good. (My paraphrase) Thank you for the visit today and the encouraging words. May God continue to bless you in all your endeavors. Have a fantastic holiday season this Christmas.

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    1. This is true Horace, all things do work together for good to those who are called according to His purpose…I think we quite often forget that end part in our goal setting at times 😀
      You have a blessed time too with your family in this time of celebrating the biggest event to have ever have taken place in history…Christ on earth bringing peace & salvation to mankind!

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  5. I love the way God weaves the tapestry of our lives. What looks to us like random and messy, in hindsight, is a beautiful picture of His leading and guidance.

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  6. I’m so glad you persevered in seeking how God could use you, Jennifer. I find that God’s callings often come with twists and turns so that we will not only achieve our goal, but learn to trust Him more all at the same time. Great post, my friend!

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  7. Hi Jennifer–I loved learning more about what the Lord put on your heart for your life and it encourages my heart greatly to read a testimony of the Lord’s leading and providing direction in that. Thanks for sharing!

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  8. So very true and well said, Jennifer. One of the things I am so aware of is that as I am older and look in the rearview mirror, I see how often He was leading me where I needed to be and go even when I was unaware or disagreed with the direction. Mercy indeed! Blessings on you, Jennifer!❤️

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