By Patti Brown
I’ve been struggling lately.
Fact is, there’s too much on this plate of mine. It’s a big mess slopping over the sides, spilling onto the table.
My husband watches me. It hasn’t escaped his attention that tears are close to the surface most days. So when he makes me stop after dinner and go sit in a quiet place to read, I go.
The kitchen is a trail of my cooking. The laundry stacks high on the arm chair in the living room waiting to be folded and put away. The kids haven’t put away their school books from the day. There’s so much work to do. But still he sends me away to rest.
Sometimes it’s hard to accept gifts. Lists can be slave drivers. When I sit down to rest I accomplish nothing on my list. It makes me worry. But my husband is wise, and that time sitting quietly refreshes me in a way that I can not explain.
Why does he do it? He has worked a long day too. Still he sends me away for peace while he and the kids clean the kitchen. Love moves him.
It is love that gives the gift of accepting me as not perfect. It is love that says, “You are precious and worthwhile even though your to do list is not finished.”
It is love that gives the gift of grace.
Do you ever think “If I can just get my list done I’ll be okay?” Because then it would be measurable. You would know for sure. You succeeded… you are acceptable. Are you making a to-do list to be acceptable to Him?
I can quantify the grace my husband extends to me. His love is big, but it is finite. God’s love? God’s grace? Immeasurable.
In His perfect wisdom, in His extravagant love, He has extended grace to you, to me, by allowing us to come face-to-face with Him in the person of Jesus.
There are so many aspects to divine grace that books have been written about it. Theologians have spent centuries studying and pondering… justifying grace, sanctifying grace, enabling grace and so much more.
You and me? We don’t have to be theologians to understand that that huge love has given us a gift we can barely comprehend, a gift we desperately need.
But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved. – Ephesians 2:4-5
We are alive together with Christ! Alive! Not busy workers with long lists. Alive!
This is the grace of spectacular sunsets, of the wind in our hair, of the sweetness of loved faces. This is the grace of air in our lungs, of clear water quenching thirst… the grace of rest.
This glorious grace we are offered is love made manifest. Receive the gift. And live!
Do you find yourself trying to earn God’s love? How have you grown in accepting His love for you?
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