The past couple of months, I’ve learned an amazing truth. I hope this will mean something to someone else, too!
I loved my grandmother. I sent her letters the old-fashioned way, visited her in the old age home during holidays, spent hours paging through her photo albums with her, and eventually many more hours making her a special light-weight album with old and recent pictures of her offspring, when the old albums became too heavy for her to lift. I loved my grandmother dearly. I used to start crying just at the thought that she might one day die… although I knew that she was already deep in her 80’s and that we had to treasure every moment together. I prayed many prayers that she would live to see my children, and took lots of photos when we were together. I couldn’t imagine my life without her, and my heart broke at the thought of ever having to say goodbye.
One Saturday morning in July this year, I had the phone call I dread so much. She had gone to be with her Saviour in the most gentle way imaginable. She had still been relatively healthy, and this was completely unexpected. She had phoned just 2 days before, to congratulate my husband’s completed university degree.
I cried a lot. Especially when I phoned my mom later that morning. But I experienced an amazing truth during that time, and still every time I miss her: God’s grace is new every morning, every day, in every MOMENT… and THAT is the reason we get through difficult times, looking back and wondering how we could ever cope.
In Jesus’s famous Sermon in the Mount (Matthew 6:34, KJV), He said the following:
“Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.”
Compare that to Lamentations 3:22-23, which says,
“It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is Thy faithfulness.”
The reason we can cope with life’s most difficult challenges, is because God gives us, every day, enough mercy, grace and compassion for the day. He KNOWS what lies ahead for us, He KNOWS what we need… It says so in the few verses preceding Jesus’s words quoted above:
30 “Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? 31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? 32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.” (Matthew 6)
One of the greatest challenges I can imagine is coping after your house burned down in a fire. I’ve often prayed that such a thing will never happen to me or my loved ones. Yet, I know that when such a terrible thing happens, people find strength to cope, somehow… I now understand why – because God’s grace is there with them in that moment, an unseen Hand carrying them through the difficult time. Oh, imagine if we could SEE our loving Father and Saviour’s protection, strength and Presence with us!!
I am so grateful that God gives more than ENOUGH mercy, grace, strength and compassionate love for what we need every moment.
This is why we never need to be worried: God WILL be there in that moment you’re scared of, dreading, or worried about, with ENOUGH of what you need to carry you through. I hope this will encourage you today!!
2 Corinthians 12:8-10, KJV
8 “For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. 9 And He said unto me, “My grace is sufficient for thee: for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.”