I misplaced my grace yesterday. I do my best to keep up with it most days, but every once in a while, I’ll set it down and forget it. Of course, once I realized my grace was missing, I looked for it: under cushions of comfort, wads of weariness, and files of frustration. And don’t you know, it was in the last place I looked? Under my piles of pride.
After losing something so valuable, I took a survey of my spiritual surroundings and tidied up a bit. I threw away the trash so that I could keep track of the treasure.
As I put away my cushions of comfort, I discovered compassion. I found forgiveness under the files of frustration; and rest under the wads of weariness. Isn’t it just like God to give us more than we deserve when we’re looking for something we shouldn’t have lost in the first place? Which, by the way, is the very definition of grace.
“Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.” Ephesians 4:31-32