I have always enjoyed football, playing it when I was younger and watching it now that I’m… no longer younger. I enjoy watching a group of guys work in unison to accomplish a common objective.
Some of the plays that today’s athletes make are simply amazing. One handed catches, 300 pound guys moving as quickly as a gazelle, and throws so accurate they defy belief. But that’s not what most impresses me.
What most impresses me are those guys who gain an extra few yards after they’ve been hit and have a guy or two hanging onto them. The commentators call it “second effort.” Guys who play with all their heart and don’t know the word “quit.”
Sometimes, we who follow Jesus can think of grace in terms of God stepping in to make everything OK or smooth or easy. But even a casual reading of Scripture tells a different story. Even Jesus, the very Son of God, had to be whisked off to Egypt as an infant to escape Herod’s wrath.
Heartbreaking news, health issues, financial woes, broken relationships, difficult family situations, crappy job stuff… There is no end to the hard situations of life. While we might want God to step in and make it all go away, often times God chooses to provide us the grace necessary to just keep plugging away.
In his second letter to the Corinthians Paul asked God three times to remove a difficult situation but God’s response was:
My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. ~ 2 Corinthians 12:8-10
What is it you’re facing right now that has you ready to throw in the towel? Even if you can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel you can choose to trust God with one day. And if you can trust Him with just one day then you can trust Him with each day, one day at a time.
What can grace do for you?