Gift Wrapped in Grace

I couldn’t have asked for more than God in deliberate grace has surprised me with!   ~ Jim Elliot

We live in a world of unanticipated moments. When I think of the word surprise, I think of laughter and joy and unexpected gifts. But not all surprises are so pleasant. Some come wrapped in ribbons of defeat and pain and betrayal.

I expect that’s why most children love surprises so much more than adults. The ribbons are always right. As the world expands to include more and more experiences, we become more cautious about what lies beneath the wrappings. We learn that pretty packaging tells nothing about the present.

It’s different with God. He’s the giver of all good gifts. His intentional, deliberate grace is the most remarkable surprise of all!

Grace – re-gift it!

God’s Will in Retrospect

The will of God is sweet tonight, altogether ‘good and acceptable and perfect.’ The considerate love of the Lord Jesus for us seems such a kind thing now. I know it has always been so, but somehow I didn’t see how wise it was when it didn’t seem kind… Remind me of this when I cannot regard His love as considerate some time. ~ Jim Elliot

I too often confuse my wants with God’s will. I want to be the one who decides what is good and acceptable. I only know my own heart in part. He knows it in the whole, and yet I want to decide how my heart is handled.

I know some of my past, portions of my present and none of my future. He sees it all through the eyes of grace. I know that and still, in hours of bitter disappointment, ripping hurt, consuming grief, I accept His will only grudgingly.

I can look back years, months and even days and see how wise His will has always been. Even when, in the moment, it seemed bittersweet, at best. Remind me of this when I cannot regard his love as considerate some time.