I have a favorite cartoon on my fridge. It shows Noah’s Ark sailing away and a hippo on a rock looking after the ark and saying, “Oh, No. That was TODAY?!”
Kinda sums up my life.
I was the youngest child prone to kicking the ankles of anyone who didn’t like my dad’s sermons. (still will ) My dad never got mad at me for doing this: he called it “debating with sole.” (hardee-har-har)
After a while, life started kicking back. And there was “Pain.” The Pain of What Was, What Was Supposta Be, and What Never Will Be. Pain kicked the stuffing out of me. For Awhile.
But God is gracious and loving and good and God is safe to trust. Always. Because of Grace…
What is Grace?
“Grace” is God’s love. It is God’s free gift of His love. Grace is love that has no conditions because if there was any condition – I would not be able to receive the gift! Grace is given because God loved us first. I cannot brag that I turned to God first or that I became ‘good enough’ to receive His love. God gave His love to me thousands of years before I was born. From the moment that Eve and Adam chose themselves before God, God chose to save me and everyone before me and everyone who comes after me. God’s love does not divide and become less with each child but instead multiplies to give the full measure of His love to each of His children. ~Jody Neufeld
Lots of the things I read seem to address healing after the precipating event or illness has passed. My goal here is to address healing while in the midst of “it”. And your “it” is just as big and painful as mine. “It” may be disease, disaster, divorce, death, separation, addiction, unemployment, abuse…pain.
Your “it” is as big and able to be healed as my “it”. And maybe…Maybe… Maybe it’s OK to tell you the truth, to drop the facade, and let you peek into my life a little bit
Maybe something here in this blog helps you to remember that painful things are not the final things.*
As a friend once told me, “Don’t quit until your miracle happens.”
Ann Voskamp writes, “Grace Comes to Those Who Wait. The Waiting Itself is Grace”
So I wait. And while I am waiting, here I am and here this blog is… Because of Grace.
Enjoy. And please share back!