"If grace is an ocean, we're all sinking" That's a song quote. A beautiful, true one.
I have a memory from one of the weddings I photographed, that I would choose to keep above all other memories in my career.
A Mom of the groom had just gotten done dancing with her boy…she humbly stepped off of the dance floor, wiping away tears of gratitude and glee. She brushed past me, and whispered, "He's the best thing I ever did." Instantly, my eyes stung with hot tears as a reaction to her sentiment. I almost lost it. There is nothing like being proud and in love with your child, two feelings I know well.
Why this story strikes me when thinking about grace is this. If I feel that way about my babies, and that mom had the capacity to feel the way she did…how much greater does HE feel about us?! He likes us and loves us A LOT.
And how does He long to deal with us, listen to us, interact with us?
This brings me to thinking about a play date I recently had with one of my dearest friends. She was sharing with me about being a little down, a little wrung out. She started explaining feelings of guilt and shame. She also has a beautiful, bright, wonderful little baby. I listened, and completely understood her feelings. I could relate, and have had very similar experiences before. But then I also thought, how does God see this?! And I said to her, what if your child was sitting here in front of us, saying the very things you are right now? Living without forgiveness for themselves, and carrying around this weight of shame. She exclaimed, " I would say you are good! I love you!"
Exactly. How much more would HE say, and how much better would he be at it.
11If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!
7In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace
7that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God