This past week, I was hit with a wave of un-thankfulness... focusing on disappointments instead of grace-gifts... an amnesia of sorts... and I quickly realize that without the contemplating of grace... peace quickly disappears.Disappointments... from my perspective... but what about from God's perspective?
This morning, in my Advent Readings... I came across this:
"... even though she probably had a million questions and concerns, Mary responded to the angel by welcoming whatever God wanted to do. She said, "I am the Lord's servant. May everything you have said about me come true" (Luke 1:38). In a sense she said to God, "I'm yours. You can do anything you want with me," even though she must have known that this situation would be very hard for her, for Joseph, and for her whole family.
It's easy to label what we consider "good things" in our lives as gifts from God and to welcome them with gratitude. But when difficult things happen, we don't look at them as part of God's good plan for us. Mary's example shows us we can also welcome those things we would not necessarily label "good," confident that God's gifts sometimes come in perplexing and even painful packages. When we belong to God, we know he will use whatever he allows into our lives for good. Somehow, in God's hands, these things also become gifts of his grace toward us.
It takes faith -- faith to rest in who God is and his love for us; faith to be confident that he is doing something good in and through our difficult circumstances -- to see the hard things in our lives as gifts of God's grace."
~ from Let Every Heart Prepare Him Room by Nancy Guthrie.Just this today... "to see the hard things in our lives as gifts of God's grace."
Today, I am choosing to have a faith like Mary's... to see my "disappointments" as a gift of God's grace... a gift of His grace towards me.
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