I did, however, receive a nice text from a friend and an email from my mom.
So I’ll draw my own conclusions from my encounter with “Ms. P.”
Maybe, after all, that was God’s purpose in this… for me to learn something. That’s usually how I blog.
I have been praying a lot over His grace. Needing it so much lately and growing into a sense of what it really is.
And I often remember a friend, long ago telling me, “The longer some people live under grace, the more they think they deserve it.”
Which always seemed like a funny saying to me.
But isn’t that just like her… “Ms. P,” that is.
The longer she sat in that seat… the more she felt that it was hers and that she had a right to it.
And when it was taken away, she was angry and resentful. As if she had somehow earned it.
It was given to her freely.
And I told her the terms up front.
And yet she sat so long, she began to believe if was hers to keep.
Isn’t that how we become with all of God’s good gifts?
He gives to us so freely.
He tells us not to hold tightly to “things of this world.”
And yet, the longer they are in our possession, the more we believe we earned them and have a right to them.
But even the skills and abilities to earn them are gifts from Him.
Even the good health to get up every day to go to work is from Him.
Even the determination to try new things and set goals is from Him.
All good and perfect things are from Him.
And He is sovereign.
That means He owns it all.
and I own the cattle on a thousand hills.
I know every bird on the mountains,
and all the animals of the field are mine.
If I were hungry, I would not tell you,
for all the world is mine and everything in it.
They are HIS seats!
He has the right to take them back at any time.
He let us sit there for a time and watch the game and enjoy the ride.
He let get up off the floor and ease our pain.
He comforted us.
He is good and will always take care of us.
But sometimes, He will allow us to stand.
To get the blood flowing again and get us moving around to get a new perspective.
He will give us seats in a new place or a new arena to watch a better game.
He has a plan and a purpose for our life. (Jeremiah 29:11)
But He also wants us to have a proper attitude.
One of thankfulness.
When we are seated and when we are standing.
Not bitter and angry.
Not cold and hard hearted.
But kind and tender.
Full of grace for those around us.
Ready to give and forgive.
Ready to thank Him for all He has done… is doing… and will do.
Lord God, You are gracious and sovereign.
We adore you.
You are worthy of our praise.
You are seated on Your throne.
We bow down before You and worship Your most holy Name.
Thank You for always providing for every need in due time.
Thank You for this wonderful season.
A season that we can reflect on the best gift of all.
You, Father, sent Your Son… Jesus.
And You, Jesus… came to live a perfect life of obedience,
to die a sacrificial death in our place… to pay the price for our sins.
That is the gift of grace.
That is what we receive.
That gift You will never take back.