Why Are You Waiting?

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Today at Faith Barista we are working on the topic of:  All is grace.

As a healthy adult, I breathe about 12-15 times per minute. Most of the time I don’t think about my breathing. I take that function for granted because my lungs work well. I don’t require any special treatments, medication or ventilators.

Several years ago (actually for two winters in a row) I couldn’t breathe. My chest heaved. I coughed uncontrollably…until my ribcage hurt. I could think of nothing else, with each labored breath I struggled for air. I finally went to my doctor. He listened to me. He observed me. He shook his head. “Young lady, you have bronchitis and nearly have walking pneumonia. My question is this….. Why did you wait so long to see me?”

God is the Great Physician. He looked at me when I was just shy of my eleventh birthday…covered in my own sin, broken, and imperfect. He whispered to me, “Why are you waiting so long?”   It was a beautiful Spring day in 1979.  The day that I stopped waiting. The day that God showed me His grace.

It has taken years for me to appreciate that grace. If I’m honest, I probably still don’t fully appreciate it as I should. Why would God love me? Why would He want me? Why would He give me His unmerited favor? I’ll admit that my finite mind, has trouble understanding an infinite God.

But, I’m working on it.

My former pastor, gave this definition of grace….

“GRACE  is–God’s Riches At Christ Expense”

God chose me. I wasn’t deserving. Had nothing to offer Him. Didn’t even know I needed Him. He sent His Son to take my place, He who was perfect and blameless. He paid the price for me…… He made the way for me, even before I was looking.

When God looks at me now, He sees me through His Son.

Grace…it truly is amazing.

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Grace, Still Amazing

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Grace.

Amazing Grace.

Unmerited. Undeserved.

Freely given.

From God to me.

Thanking God for His mercy and grace.

It never gets old.

It still amazes me after all these years.

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Your Grace Still Amazes Me

Lyrics by Phillips, Craig and Dean

(Video of this song)

My faithful Father, Enduring Friend
Your tender mercy is like a river with no end
It overwhelms me covers my sin
each time I come into Your presence I stand in wonder once again

(chorus)
Your grace still amazes me
Your love is still a mystery
each day I fall on my knees
’cause Your grace still amazes me
Your grace still amazes me

Oh patient Savior, You make me whole
You are the author and the healer of my soul
what can I give You Lord what can I say
I know there’s no way to repay You only to offer You my praise

(chorus)
Your grace still amazes me
Your love is still a mystery
each day I fall on my knees
cause Your grace still amazes me
Your grace still amazes me

It’s deeper, It’s wider, It’s stronger, It’s higher
It’s deeper, It’s wider, It’s stronger, It’s higher
than anything my eyes can see

Your grace still amazes me
Your love is still a mystery
each day I fall on my kness
cause Your grace still amazes me
Your grace still amazes me

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Thank you Father for…

*beautiful sunsets

*crumbs on the counter

*left over pizza in the fridge

*email from family

*sharing a joke with my husband

*hugs

*cat fur on the couch

*toothpaste scuzz on the bathroom sink

*clean clothes

*a fresh start to a new week

I’m thankful today for all things, big and small. Something I learned this week….even the little things that I think are annoying are things to be thankful for…there are people that would trade places with me in a heartbeat. (scuzzy sinks and cat fur included)

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Count your blessings…one by one?