7:30pm. Dark outside. Cold too. After more than ten hours away from home, my family fell through the door of our home and collapsed. But my rest was short lived because like infernal clockwork I soon I heard that familiar bane of every mother’s existence echoing down the hall…. “Mom, what’s for supper?”
So I opened the refrigerator, and after rambling around for a few minutes, was grateful to find enough leftovers to warm in the microwave. In a record time, we gathered at the table to fill ourselves with a healthy, if not eclectic, mash-up of dishes from the previous week.
Mine: chili and crackers.
You know, I didn’t really want chili. Something fresh and new would have been better. Something more enticing to my senses would have surely been more enjoyable. But chili is what landed in my bowl, so I that’s what I ate. And… when I got up from the table, I was full and satisfied.
After the dishes were cleaned and I finally reached to turn off the kitchen lights, I found myself thinking that maybe the grace of God is a little like my meal tonight.
… and the grace of our Lord was more than abundant, with the faith and love which are found in Christ Jesus. 1 Tim 1:14
Often believers (especially in the U.S.) are guilty of focusing our attention too much on flashy displays of God’s grace. Most of us have heard a least a few fantastic stories of divine intervention in a desperate situation where Jesus provided just what was needed at the last possible moment. And while those are wonderful and inspiring instances that should cause us to erupt in praise, the inaccurate conclusion Christians often draw is that God’s grace is evident only in the miraculous or extreme moments.
But what if His grace is more common than that, so laced in and through our everyday lives that it often goes unnoticed and unappreciated? What if grace (like my dinner) was prepared for us in advance by God, and through a relationship with Christ, is sufficient to sustain us and abundantly available at a moment’s notice?
Consider for a moment the possible consequences of demanding a steady diet of exciting, amazing and new spiritual experiences. Could developing a taste for the extraordinary dull our appreciation for His more commonplace (and plentiful) provision? What if always desiring ‘new and different’ dulls our ability to be genuinely grateful for what’s often sitting right in front of us?
So today, if you find yourself exhausted from the demands of each day… in the darkness of confusing situations… or cold from the biting winds of change…
Come to the table of grace!
Be nourished and strengthened. Find satisfaction in the daily provision of His Word. Fill yourself with the abundance of His love. Gratefully receive what has been set before you and with thanksgiving allow Him to sustain your mind, body and spirit so that you can continue to “grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.” 2 Pet. 3:18