Grace the all-familiar and popular teaching that God gives us what we don’t deserve. He shields us from the unseen and blesses us when we least expect it. He’s such a wonderful and loving Father. Who can compare?
Recently, while running errands, I stopped at the carwash to clean Pearl. That’s the name of my car. Anyone that knows me knows that I am pretty particular about my vehicle. I have two pet peeves when it comes to her. I don’t like driving her when she’s dirty and no leaving trash behind. So I whipped my car into line, paid the attendant and entered the carwash. Something as simple as riding through the car wash brings me great joy. I don’t know if I feel like I’m being a good steward of my vehicle or what, but riding through the carwash always puts a smile on my face.
As I perused the aisles at my next stop I began to hear a rumbling. It was a sunny, clear day so I ruled out the thought of thunder. Isn’t it amazing how we can rule something out because we have a plan? That day, I had a plan to run a few errands, wash my car, and return home. Rain simply was not a part of my agenda. As I approached the check out counter the cashier and I began to discuss exactly what the noise could be. She thought it was the music store next door and against my better judgment I went along with it.
I purchased my items and as I left the store I realized the storm clouds had been out of my view. In fact, it appeared that rain was inevitable. Immediately, I got all spiritual and prayed for grace to get my vehicle home safely in the garage, and with confidence, drove off believing all was well.
As I drove home doubt began to set in. The sky began to darken; the thunder rolled and flashes of lightening appeared. Doubt flooded my being and I began to believe my prayer would not be answered. Within ten minutes the first drop fell and I knew grace was not with me. For whatever reason, God was allowing my freshly washed car to be douched with rain.
I’m normally a person that doesn’t “Sweat the small stuff”, but for some reason I became very disappointed. I began to say, “ Of course you picked today to wash your car.” “You should have waited.” Suddenly I realized what was happening and quickly reminded myself that this wasn’t the first time this has happened and it probably wouldn’t be the last. I sucked it up and continued on in the pouring rain. To make matters worse, after driving through what seemed like a rain forest, the rain stopped and I discovered that my neighborhood never felt a drop. Of course, thoughts of you should have…flooded my mind and only gave me a new reason to kick myself.
As I pulled into my garage, I realized most of my car was dry and all I needed to do was towel dry a few areas. So I did just that. As I dried Pearl, I realized God had done just what I asked him to do. He gave me grace and by the time I got home my car was still clean.
He began to show me that in the season ahead grace would have a new face. See I had already figured out what grace would look like in this situation when God had something totally different in mind. His grace was in me driving through the storm until I got to the other side and it took very little work to bring Pearl back to her original state.
I believe this is how restoration and restitution will come in this season. It will look like we have found no grace and have been overcome by the enemy when all of a sudden if we keep going we will get through to the other side and the repair process will be short and sweet.
So I encourage you to stay the course, stay close to God and believe. Do not become weary in well doing because in due season you will reap if you faint not.
Author: Petrina Milan