Several years ago, I was in a small group studying leadership communications. One of the exercises centered on speaking about one word for one minute with no preparation. My word was grace and I was the first to speak. My diatribe went from the name you jokingly call someone who trips a lot, to my aunt named Grace, to what we say over our meals. And just so you know, a minute of speaking seems like an eternity when you are suddenly thrust into the spotlight!
Sadly, what didn’t come to mind until long after my minute was up was God’s amazing grace. There could be many reasons why, but self-reflection has shown me that it’s because I had not acknowledged the favor God had shown me as His grace. It was maybe dodging a bullet, and could have been just good luck, or perhaps pure coincidence — almost anything. But it never dawned on me it was the grace of God.
Grace, as I knew it, had always been just part of the title of a song we sang in church – A LOT! Maybe that’s why it didn’t register. It was routine. Just part of my church ritual. And, I never thought about the words or considered what they had to do with me. That is, until I heard the song Speechless by Israel Houghton and New Breed. It’s a beautiful song and I love everything about it.
But there’s that one line – “you take my breath away” – that was my undoing.
Maybe it was the season I was in or it was a fresh revelation of something I had known forever. But, God kept unrelentingly revealing His endless love and continued forgiveness and unmerited favor to me until it was impossible to see anything else. During difficulties at work or my constant battle with thinking I’m not good enough – God just kept throwing reassurances in my path and even right in my face. (Because sometimes that still voice comes disguised as a smack up side the head.)
Writer Anne Lamott says that grace finds you exactly where you are, but it doesn’t leave you where it found you. That has certainly been my experience with God and His amazing grace. Once you realize you are a constant recipient of His gift of grace, you are no longer the same. You can’t stay in the condition you were in.
God freely gives us what we cannot earn. Receive it.
Hey there friend! Andrea McCaskey here. I believe everything happens for a reason, life is meant to be lived in relationship with others and there is beauty to be found everywhere if we look. I am a friend of God, wife of Jamal and mother of Brandon and Madison.
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