“And from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.” John 1:16
I step onto the plane, pulling my suitcase and carrying my dreams. My mind is full with thoughts of the journey that lies ahead. Looking at my ticket to find which aisle is mine, I see the number “2.” I’m almost past first class, heading towards coach when I realize–row 2 is not in coach. Holding up the line, I turn around to find my window seat in the highly privileged first class cabin. What a surprise!
I text my husband and he responds, “I bought the seat as a gift for you.” And what a gift–room to rest and relax and think as I fly the two hours to my writer’s conference. My heart overflows with uncertainty. My stomach tightens with fear. I look out the window at the activity below, trucks buzzing around with suitcases lined up in rows. The book proposal that lies in the bag by my feet is a labor of love, my dreams spilled out onto thirty-one pages, Times New Roman font, and in 12pt font size.
With the questions and emotions swirling in my mind, I check my email one last time before turning off my phone for takeoff. I open a message from my friend, Nikki, telling me I won a drawing on her site for a necklace. When I originally entered the contest, I chose the handstamped necklace with the imprinted words, “because of grace” as my favorite.
Because of grace.
I wonder if perhaps this gift is a gentle reminder from my Father of where lies the source of all things in my life. These words point me to the truth that this calling He’s given me is by grace. The trip and opportunity to go to the conference is only through His grace. Just like the upgraded seat on the plane is a gift, so too are the very words I birthed into my proposal, a gift of grace.
And the outcome of this journey, it’s also because of grace. Whether my dreams become a reality or are put on hold, regardless, it is all because of grace. The pleasures I enjoy in life, the trials I endure, the discipline I undergo, and the very breath I breathe are all because of His grace.
While it was a random number generator that selected my name for the necklace, nothing is random with God. Each step we take, each challenge we endure, each and every moment of our journey in faith is purposed by God for our good. “God, who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was granted us in Christ Jesus from all eternity.” 2 Timothy 1:9 (NAS)
The daily life of faith is lived blind. We can’t see the future before us, requiring that we live in the moment. When our ears are tuned to hear His voice, we can walk by faith, following Him into our future. While the future is unknown, we can have complete assurance that it is good. It may not always include the plans we have in our heart today, but as I continue to learn, His plans are always best. “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT)
All Because of grace.
More grace–meeting friends from the blogging community at SheSpeaks
Courtney from Women Living Well
And Michelle Derusha from Graceful