Falling into Lakes and Grace

20160528_200918It’s been nearly seven months since I published a blog post. The hiatus was not intentional, but the busyness of recent days made it nearly inevitable. Since you all last heard from me, I’ve been to Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Illinois, Louisiana, and Texas. In April I got engaged. In May I fell in a lake (thus the header photo). In August I moved from St. Louis to Dallas. And next week I’m getting married!

Is your head spinning yet? Yeah, mine too. So if you don’t mind, I’d like to devote a couple short paragraphs to sharing a bit of what God has taught me during what has been the best year of my life so far.

God’s blessings come in unexpected ways, at unexpected times, and in unexpected quantity.

God is In Control
Many of us find comfort in perceived job security, security in insurance policies, and stability in 5-year career plans. But at the end of the day, God is God – and I’m not. His ability to rearrange the pieces of my life supersedes my ability to try and keep everything in place. If God wants to take an office manager from St. Louis and turn him into an IT manager in Dallas, then the best response is submission. If God wants to take a lonely, single fellow and bless him with a godly wife to love and be loved by, then the best response is immense gratitude.

God is Good
In case you’ve ever wondered about that verse that says God is able to do “exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think,” take my word for it. God’s blessings come in unexpected ways, at unexpected times, and in unexpected quantity. My life story features chapters of pain, joy, uncertainty, and hope. But, to borrow a line from the old hymn, throughout the course of my life “redeeming love has been my theme and shall be ‘til I die.”

As I enter this new season of life I can’t help but ask, “What did I do to deserve all of this goodness from God?” The answer is simple: nothing. The grace of God is amazingly free, which is good since there’s nothing I could do to earn it. That’s a lesson I’m learning more and more with each passing day, and I’m consistently overwhelmed with gratitude as I find traces of His grace in every aspect of my fault-filled life.

 

6 thoughts

  1. The LORD has appeared of old to me, saying, “Yes I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore, with lovingkindness I have drawn you.”
    Jer. 31:3

    Thanks for this testimony of that lovingkindness!

    “And shall be till I die” amen!
    “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever.”

    Congratulations again! God’s good.

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