-- Have you ever pondered something over and over in your
head, but for some reason, you just can’t quite wrap your
mind around it? It is so lofty and so ethereal that even your
thoughts have a hard time attaining to it. That’s what always
seems to happen to me whenever I try to mentally compartmentalize
the astounding virtue of God’s grace.
The more you try to comprehend it, the more it manages to slip
through the determined grasp of all your reasoning powers until
it gently floats down to the welcome mat of your heart. There,
it patiently waits for you to open the door.
I opened that door one day in my own life when I began to understand
that true grace in its simplest form means His enabling presence.
When we humbly abide with Him, He gives us the ability to do whatever
He has called us to do. That’s what grace is.
I live in a town that prides itself in having a rich, historic
background. I love to ride my bike down the cobblestone roads
that are lined with stately Victorian mansions. There is one particular
street that I always seem to end up on, and it’s called
“Grace Street.” I just love to linger there and admire
the quaint beauty and detailed design of the timely old estates,
and sense the peace and tranquility that always seem to be there
whenever I arrive.
I have a strong suspicion that my being so smitten with this
particular avenue is directly related to my new understanding
of what grace is and how it has carried me to a new level of ease
and trust in the wonderful Grace-giver Himself, our Sovereign
As I gaze at the amazing detail of these grand old homes and
imagine the generations that have come and gone within their walls,
I can’t help but be reminded of Jesus’ famous words:
“In my Father’s house there are many mansions:
if it were not so I would have told you. I go and prepare a
place for you” (John 14:2).
O, Lord, I have a special request. When you begin to prepare
my mansion, could you be sure to do one thing for me? Could you
possible make it so that my heavenly abode has the same address
as the street that I have come to love so very much? You know
the one I’m thinking of. I would love for my new home to
be located somewhere… anywhere… as long as it’s
on Grace Street!
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