1998-11-18 - Touches of Grace
On the five-hour drive home from a friend's house this past Sunday, I had one of those Murphy's Law trips. The cell phone went completely dead on me and turned itself off, even while it was fully plugged in the charger, and had been charging for four hours! I had trouble pumping gas for my car, and the gas splashed all over my car and myself. When I stopped to buy a Diet Coke, I accidentally overturned my billfold, spilling a couple dollars' worth of change on the floor of Arby's.
But God sprinkled touches of grace throughout the trip. At the gas pump, a stranger helped me with the gas, and assured me that the pump had given him trouble, too. The youngster behind the counter at Arby's tried to ease my embarrassment by pulling out a drawer full of catsup packets. "Don't feel bad. See this?" "Yep." "I spilled about 100 of those on the floor earlier today." Touches of grace. We need to be looking for them, and also providing them to others. We don't always notice the ones God provides, and we don't always thank Him for them when we do see them.
Think back on the last couple of days. Can you see the little sprinkles of grace? Can you remember instances where people did kind things for you with no hidden agendas, no expectations of return favors, when someone overlooked a mistake you made, or made an embarrassing moment less so? Perhaps a smile when you were feeling down, a compliment, a favor either asked or unasked?
And we should ask God to open our eyes to opportunities to provide little touches of grace to others. Isn't it worth it to add 30 seconds to our driving time, to let someone out who is trying to turn left against a long stream of traffic? Is there someone you can give a word of affirmation to? Someone whose day you can make just a little bit easier?
Of course the ultimate example of grace -- the one that boggles our mind -- is the grace provided by God to us, offering us eternal salvation through His Son when we were so unworthy. If you have not accepted Christ as your Savior, if you don't know 100% for certain that you are going to Heaven after you die, be assured -- you can know that without a doubt! If you don't, please take John 3:16 to heart: (John 3:16 NNAS) ""For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life." And please pray something like "God, I know I am a sinner and need your Son's righteousness to make me right with you. Please forgive me for my sins and help me grow in a relationship with you. Amen." And then tell someone of your decision. Tell your pastor, if you have a church. Write me and let me know also!