Yesterday started out like most other days – get up, do my Bible study, get ready for work, eat some breakfast, get into a project that will put me behind and nearly make me late for work – the usual. Sometimes when I’m putting on makeup (my husband calls this painting the barn) and doing my hair I’ll put on some praise music, which helps to keep my mind on different characteristics of God. As the music began to play a chorus that I love to sing was coming so I opened my mouth and a sound very similar to a boy at puberty came out. So I cleared my throat, swallowed some coffee and tried again. This time was a little better, but not much and the thought hit me that I most likely had laryngitis. Hmph.
What does this have to do with a grace sighting? Everything. God’s grace isn’t just in the moments when we sin and He forgives. God’s grace isn’t only seen when we are aware that we desperately need something and He gives it. God’s grace isn’t a list of the perceived “good” things that He does in our lives. God’s grace is everywhere every day – we just haven’t trained our spiritual eyes to see it. Have you ever noticed that when you enjoy something you tend to see it wherever you go? For instance, my husband is a truck driver and his favorite truck is a Kenworth W900. Steve can spot one from a great distance and tell me about anything on the outside that particular truck had that wasn’t part of standard factory issue. We all have our eyes looking out for something. We all catch glimpses of the things that have caught our hearts. Over the last couple of years, I have been trying to train my eyes to see God’s grace in my day, no matter how humdrum it may feel at times.
So back to yesterday and the reason for this post. A large part of my job is to pre-screen applicants for my department (do you see where this is going?). Not only did I already have 3 interviews scheduled for the day, but I also had a stack of applicants that needed to be called to set up more appointments for the week. As the day wore on and my voice wore out, I wondered how I would get through 3 back-to-back interviews. Just after lunch I checked my messages and the second applicant cancelled due to now wanting to work closer to home. It wasn’t until about 5 minutes after my first interview should have arrived that I realize she wasn’t going to. What a gracious gift from my Father. He allowed me rest my voice a little longer and gave me the stamina to get through the one interview that did come.
It is wise to be cautious at this point though. You might be asking, “Ok miss smarty pants. Where would God’s grace have been if all three had shown up?” My answer: Right where it was when they didn’t. That is part of training yourself to see the graciousness of our Lord in EVERYTHING and giving Him all the credit for the fact that He even gives us breath each day. Let us agree with David when he wrote Psalm 8.
O Lord, our Lord, How excellent is Your name in all the earth, who have set your glory above the heavens!
Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have ordained strength, because of Your enemies, that you may silence the enemy and the avenger.
When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have ordained, what is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit him? For You have made him a little lower than the angels, and you have crowned him with glory and honor.
You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feed, and sheep and oxen – even the beasts of the field, the birds of the aird, and the fish of the sea that pass through the paths of the seas.
O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is Your name in all the earth! (NKJV)