I’ve been thinking about writing a blog for a while. But in the world of media and information overload, what more could I possibly say that hasn’t already been said somewhere by someone? Then I read a tragic article this week that knocked me down emotionally. Perhaps you heard the unbelievable story of a despairing, Michigan mom trying to raise her family. A family that included a 14 year old autistic daughter. In a terrifying and desperate move, the mom tried to commit a murder/suicide and end the lives of both her and her daughter. Life became too much. She snapped.
There’s a thousand things that can be said about this situation, but I will spare you all my thoughts and emotions except to say this: without the grace of God, life is too much. Without God’s grace, darkness will consume us. Without the grace of God, there is no hope.
So why am I writing this blog? Because in the darkness someone needs to shine a light. In the middle of the heartache of our broken and difficult lives somebody needs to say there’s hope. Because when the hard cold pavement of reality is under our feet, we need to be able to walk in grace. Grace can’t just be an idea or a “churchy” kind of word. I need grace in the real world. In my world. In my hard world. Before I even get up in the morning, I need it so I can make myself put my feet on the ground. And when it’s all said and done, you’re just like me. You need grace in your real world just like you need air to breathe.
So maybe everything that needs to be said has been said already by someone else, but if I can shout “GRACE” to some soul that needs it then count me in. I’ll say it as often and as long as I can. God’s grace is enough. We don’t have to break. We don’t have to snap. We don’t have to quit. But we have to lean hard on the grace of God. Be washed in it. Breathe it in. And then, even though we are weak and tired and scared, we find strength. Even our weakness can be used when it’s smothered in grace. “My grace is enough for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” – 2 Corinthians 12:9
I’m not strong enough or smart enough to fix my world or even hold it together. But I do know who can. And I know that resting in His grace is the only way to make it. And resting is so much better than fighting. Believing is so much simpler than struggling. Accepting His gift of grace is easier than trying to make my own way. So breathe in grace and find joy, strength, hope and purpose. It’s the gift he offers for you in your real world. I hope you will open your hands and heart and let Him give it to you. Oh the difference it will make.