Glimpses of grace seen in the everyday

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Magic or Mystery? Miracle!

“Magic” conjures up visions of Disney, fairies, children, fleeting fascination and temporary delight. But then the story ends and real life resumes.

Mystery—hidden, partly revealed—we see the tip of the iceberg, a glimpse of glory, a foretaste of complete fulfillment, a vision of what our mortal minds cannot yet bear to gaze on in its full glory.

HOW could the infinite God limit Himself to a fetus for nine months, then a totally dependent baby–

–the Way learning to walk
–the Word learning to speak

A child becoming aware of Who He really was—God of all, yet submitting to his earthly parents and authorities until the time came for Him to begin giving the all a glimpse of this most awesome MYSTERY of Who He really was.

WHY did He come? Love! Pity! Hesed! God’s long, strong arms reaching down to rescue a world of ruined, rebellions humans gone wrong. And to raise them up to His original purpose for them. This great love is a mystery in itself. How can infinite God care so deeply about me?

WHO is this baby lying in a feeding trough? The angels said He was “a Savior born to you, Christ, the Lord!” The long-awaited Savior-King has finally arrived! But how will He save His people? It’s a mystery unfolding, not as they thought but saving us first inside then out—“inside-out”!

And what of His kingdom? It would be upside-down! The least are first and the first last!

WHO is He to me?

–my Creator
–my God
–my sovereign Lord
–the sacrifice for my sin, my Savior
–my Intercessor
–my Friend
–my Brother
–my coming Bridegroom
–and so much more!

WHEN will He fulfill His kingly destiny? That’s still a mystery. He’s given us hints, but most importantly, He’s given us His word! He will surely come—

–King of kings and Lord of lords
–conquering
–reigning in love and wisdom

Forever and ever!

Oh, that is the mystery
More than you can see.
Give up on your pondering
Fall down on your knees!

    Michael Card  (
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o79Dvo4Ns1A)

My Little Lunch

I wish I were an artist.  Here’s what I would draw:  A close-up of a boy shyly holding out a small basket, offering it to Jesus, who reaches out to receive it with a twinkle in His eye and a smile on his face.  He says, “Sonny, thank you for giving me your lunch.  But just wait till you see what I do with it!”   Later, he runs home shouting, “Mom, you know that lunch you sent with me?  You’ll never believe….!”

This reminds me of our granddaughter Emmeline who went home to heaven three months ago.  Late last year, she responded to a challenge:  What would you do if you received $50 and would seek to multiply it as Jesus did with the loaves and the fish? Emmeline responded with an essay saying that she would buy materials to make cards (which she loved to do), sell them, and send the money to a missionary family in need. She was then chosen as one to receive the money. In the next couple of months she had doubled her investment. 

Em w money loaves & fishes

As her health deteriorated and she was unable to keep up making all the cards, people from all over the world learned about her project and began sending money– usually one dollar bills, and a few 5s , 10s, and 20s and an occasional check—to put into her “Loaves and Fishes” fund.  By the time Emmeline was in the arms of Jesus, the fund had grown to $9,000.  She was just a conduit of God’s grace.  Those who gave and those who received were privileged and blessed. 

Yesterday I read through a bulletin which mentioned many different things God’s people are doing/offering around the world.  Any one of these might seem so inadequate compared to the great needs, but each one is an important part of one beautiful tapestry God is weaving now that we’ll see someday.

So today I give my little lunch, my loaves and fishes, as I answer some e-mails, make reports, mentor someone, help a neighbor…  I have no idea how God will use these things.  That will be seen in heaven.

Maranatha!  Come, Lord Jesus!

Defining Moment

My husband and I have a defining moment.  A crisis time we can look back to when we know that God was definitely with us and had a purpose for our lives beyond that point.  We were traveling down a narrow logging road through the mountains when he realized that our Jeep had no brakes.  On one side was a mountainside going  up, and on the other side was a steep drop-off.  And coming toward us was a truck with a full load of huge logs.  Pregnant with our second son, I clutched our eldest and prayed like I’d never prayed before.  One of our tribal friends jumped out the back, skinning his arms as he hit the gravel road.  Just in the nick of time, my husband was able to shift down, and guardian angels guided us to the edge of the road as that truck rumbled past.  (Here’s a photo of that old Jeep getting a bath near the river.)

Washing jeep

For the people of Israel, that defining moment was the crossing of the Red Sea.  They were trapped between mountains and the deep sea with elite Egyptian forces breathing down their necks.  But that’s no problem for our great God.  He did the impossible, not only saving their skins but annihilating their enemies at the same time.  This event is alluded to repeatedly throughout the Bible as the grandest of God’s miracles on behalf of His people and a reminder of His enduring love and power. (For a very interesting perspective on the location of the Red Sea crossing, see this website: http://www.arkdiscovery.com/red_sea_crossing.htm)

Do you have a defining moment you can look back upon when God intervened in a life-changing way?

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