By Heather M. Norten
Attention to detail: A highly valued trait, a resume-builder, something we take pride in should we have it. But to which details in our daily lives are we paying attention?
Grace: Wikipedia defines it as “the love and mercy given to us by God, not because we deserve it, but because God desires us to have it.” Can you find grace in the hard of this life… in death, disease, deceit?
Kathleen Norris says: “If grace is so wonderful, why do we have such difficulty recognizing and accepting it? Maybe it’s because grace is not gentle or made-to-order. It often comes disguised as loss, or failure, or unwelcome change.” I confess to find grace was challenging (at best) for me up until about 8 years ago. It was at that point, circumstances in my day-to-day life changed overwhelmingly in a very hard way. I remember making a choice. I recall being on my knees, begging for grace, for mercy, and for the ability to find those blessings when it seemed they would never come. He showed up. He was faithful. He gave me the gift to find grace, humor and hope throughout a journey most unexpected. It was life-giving and life-changing in very dark season.
Eight years later, looking for and finding grace is now the norm for me. His grace has taught me to know He is trust-worthy, He can comfort me, and He alone can bring me hope. Paying attention to grace has strengthened my relationship with Christ.
To what details are you paying attention? Have you considered surrendering yourself to finding grace in your day-to-day and in the hard? He desires grace for you, undeserved grace; he loves you that much.