The Mystery of God’s Grace

Anne Lamott quote

Psalm 66:5 invites us to come and see what God has done:
He is awesome in His deeds toward the children of men.

I remember a day, one particular day, about a year before I heard of God’s love for me. I was a young mother, not yet 17, and as I stood at the sink scouring a pan with an SOS pad I though, “Is this all there is?” For the next year thoughts like that would drift into my mind. Life stretched out before me like an Interstate Highway with nothing much interesting along the roadside.

In His grace God had begun showing me my need. I needed Him.
Interruptions in our plans, the war in Vietnam, and a friend that worked at a mill were just some of the things He used to get us where He knew we needed to be. Where I needed to be. Geographically, emotionally, and spiritually. He moved in my life. He moved my life, until I was in the right place at the right time.

Then He brought a messenger of grace.
Grace met me and moved me from darkness to light, from this world into the kingdom of God.

At the time it just seemed like life being hard and things being unfair. The Tet Offensive happened thousands of miles away, but stomped all over our lives. A University reneged on an acceptance letter, and a young secretary followed us out to a parking lot to give us a little advice.

If you’re praying for someone to come to God, take heart.
It may look like nothing’s happening. Nothing spiritual, but God knows how to lay the groundwork, how to set the stage, how to get circumstances lined up.

Grace knows where to meet us and how to move us close to God.


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  • “It may look like nothing’s happening” – wise words. And a beautiful story πŸ™‚

    • Years later I found that a Christian friend had been praying for me. That motivates me to pray and believe that God will make a way even when I don’t see how it can happen πŸ˜‰

  • thank you for the reminder, I’ve been praying for this exactly for my daughter. I fear that she will need to go through much more heartache before the dawn, but in the end I know it will all be worth it

      • Thank you, that is so sweet. My dad wanted something that reflected the beauty of sunrise and sunset. My mom loved sunrises–so they came up with my name. πŸ™‚ Wish I was born in a hot air balloon mid-flight or something like that–would make for a much cooler story. πŸ™‚

      • Haha! Maybe not so cool for your Mom thought πŸ˜‰ You look too young to have had ‘Hippy parents’, maybe they were just avant-garde.

  • Oh how I love this: “In His grace God had begun showing me my need”. Just the other day a friend reminded me, “God gives us everything we need…not everything we want.” The beauty is that He shows us needs we didn’t even realize we had. Now that I have Him in my life, I NEED Him. Daily. Before I had a relationship with Him, I didn’t know just how much I needed Him.

    Blessings to you today!

    • True that Heather! The longer I know the Lord, the more I recognize my overwhelming need for Him every day. He knew it all along πŸ˜‰

    • Amen. I need to remember that when I start to freak out over something going on in my life. Since I don’t have teens anymore that’s fortunately a rarity πŸ˜‰


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