God, on this day, and in this moment,
Grace I need to breathe and live,
For I find my heart collapsing,
Resisting every gift you give.
I want to show you that I’m something,
That I’ve used the life you made,
That You’re choosing me was worth it
Your Son for me, a decent trade.
God – oh how deeply foolish –
How arrogant I’ve been.
To think that I could earn Your favor,
That I could Your praises win.
To think my dreams would change Your world,
Or my words could heaven bring,
God, I’m nothing, I have nothing,
Worth the pleasure of the King.
Yet You lavish on me daily,
Royal love and kingdom grace,
Prompt my stubborn heart to take it,
Remind me always of my place.
For without Your grace, I stumble,
Without Your tender love, I fall,
Yet within Your unwon mercy,
I find that Jesus covers all.
Hi friends! It has been a while since I’ve written, which is why I wanted to start with the lessons God has been teaching me about taking the grace He offers for the moment – for accepting that there are times of life that are hard and don’t make a whole lot of sense, and God in His mercy offers perfect grace for that moment, just as He does during days that run smoothly.
This photo is a good reminder to me . . . I’d love some day to go paragliding or skydiving, or something crazy like that, but that time hasn’t come yet. I did, however, have the opportunity to jump off of a four foot rock the other night. And isn’t God’s grace like that? Doesn’t he meet us on the four-foot rock, and on the thousand foot cliff? Shouldn’t I run to His grace for the hard times of toddler tantrums and the hard times of friends dealing with cancer or an unexpected death?
Is God’s grace limited, and conversely does God’s grace limit me? I balk, sometimes, at grace, because I feel like it inherently doesn’t believe in me. It settles and lets me by because I couldn’t have done any better. I want to resist, then, proving to God and those around me that I am capable, and I can do it all. But, that’s not the intention of grace. Rather, the intention of grace is to magnify and glorify the grace-giver.
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” (II Corinthians 12:9)
So today, instead of focusing on myself and my inadequacies, I will relish God’s grace. I will expect His grace to meet me where I am, and to propel me forward, always making me more like Christ. His grace doesn’t allow me to give up, or settle, but rather, it serves as a catalyst to becoming who I need to be as an image bearer of God, and name wearer of Christ.
Go in grace today, friend, for every minute and every little or big thing that comes your way.