State of Grace

    Lately I have had a newfound desire to create a blog. Where this has come from, I don’t really know…so we’ll see how this goes. You may like what I have to say, or you may not-either way, that’s okay. This blog may end up being more for me than it is for you, as a way of noting the several things that I am continually learning throughout my days. 

 

    During the course of the last couple of months, I have been learning about the ever-enduring ways of God’s grace. It is not something I can truly grasp, nor something I can accurately define, and honestly, I don’t think I ever will be able to. His grace is far too deep, far too abounding, and far too great for me to ever define or explain it fully. And to me, that’s okay. This lack of understanding only creates an increase of mystery about my God, signifying that there is such a great deal more to learn. Therefore I like the fact that I don’t understand everything about God; if I comprehended everything right away about Him, where would be the learning? The growth in my relationship with Him? The excitement that comes from discovering and experiencing new traits of His character? The fact that we don’t understand everything about God simply proves His majesty and sovereignty. 

    Hosea 6:3 contains one of my favorite similes concerning the character of Christ; the imagery here is one that especially captures my attention.

“So let us know, let us press on to know the LORD. His going forth is as certain as the dawn; And He will come to us like the rain, like the spring rain watering the earth” (NAS).

   This chapter (specifically the verses prior) emphasizes the healing nature of God. It discusses so bluntly the inevitability of His healing that follows our suffering. But the harsh fact of the matter is, we humans do not deserve the least bit of this act of grace. We deserve the suffering, the trials, the hardships…and yet He pours down His grace from heaven as easy as rain falls from the sky. But His grace doesn’t come just as a few droplets here and there; it is rushing and flowing and before I know it I am standing knee deep in a flood of His love. I don’t need to wait until I feel scorched, burned, or bruised by this world to realize that His healing is already falling down around me and cascading over my scars. 

I am and always was the undeserving recipient of love, caught up in this storm of grace. 

   His mercy never ceases to abound and the more I look, the more places I find these “gifts of grace.” Throughout every trial, I need only remember that His grace is being poured out every second, and it is through these unmerited blessings that I am reminded the trials only last for a moment, while His goodness lasts an eternity.

   I need to stop living life thinking that I am walking between the raindrops each time a trial takes place just because life seems hard at the moment, but rather, I need to live by remembering that I am walking beneath the raindrops, beneath the drenching of His blessings, always in a state of grace no matter what happens to me in my life. This has nothing to do with me, but everything to do with God. He is good-all the time. 

    I hope that my own love and actions, along with those of others’, will flow from this grace that we have been so freely given, both poured out through salvation from the cross, and the blessings raining down each day. 

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