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The author Scott Peck noted that the ability to appreciate pleasant, unearned surprises as gifts tends to be good for one’s mental health.  Those who perceive grace in the world are more likely to be grateful and happy than those who do not.  Grace is available for everyone.  God’s grace is evident everywhere: in the nurturing touch of a mother, in the hug of a father, in the provision from a job, in the help from a friend, in the fellowship of a church, in the emotional connection of a song, in the words of encouragement spoken into the midst of trials, in the beauty of art work, in the wonders of creation and in the rescue and relief from emergency services.  Like rain, God’s grace flows over the earth.  It falls on the just and the unjust.

There is a story of about a Yankee who, on a business trip, had to drive through the South for the first time.  He stopped at a roadside diner in South Carolina and ordered eggs and sausage for breakfast.  He was surprised when his order came with a white blob on the plate.  “What’s this?” he asked the waitress.  “Them’s grits, suh,” she replied.  But I didn’t order them,” he said.  “You don’t order grits,” she explained.  “They just come.”  And that is very much like grace.  It just comes to us.  Unasked for and undeserved, the blessings of God flow in, through, under and over our lives.  As author Scott Peck noted, happy is the one who recognizes it!

Eagle Creek Pool, Fall 2002

Eagle Creek Pool, Fall 2002 ©Weatherstone/Ron Almberg, Jr. (2010)

The Bible reminds us that God’s grace flows to those who are full of thanks and humble.  In fact James says, “God resists the arrogant, but gives his grace to the humble.”  Our attitude and posture are important in our relationship with God, especially when we are in need of his grace.  A good definition of grace is “God’s unmerited favor”.  Do you need God’s favor in your life today?  For what you are going through in life?  You can look to God, who will lavish his favor upon you abundantly.  However, it is important to be in a position of reception and readiness.  Otherwise, you may miss it.

I am thankful that God’s grace comes to me freely and most often when I do not expect it.  It reminds me that I am his and that he is still in charge.  He only asks that I remain humble and thankful before him.  This is a position of receiving something I do not deserve.  Why is this important?  Because arrogance shuts off the flow of his grace into our life.  It says, “No thanks.  I’ve got what I need.”  Self-sufficient pride closes our life to God’s unmerited favor.  Simply, our life or human vessel is already full – of our self.

Grace flows most easily toward humble gratitude.  Even as humans we find that it is much easier to be gracious and show favor to those who are humble and thankful.  An arrogant person repulses and repels the gracious help that is offered.  Is it any wonder then that God’s grace flows toward the humble?  So, in one sense, you may have your own hand upon the faucet handle of the source of God’s favor towards you.  Go ahead.  Turn it on with humility and thankfulness.  Let it flow.

©Weatherstone/Ron Almberg, Jr. (2010)

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