In a recent conversation with a dear friend she said this, “I’ve really had to learn how to be more graceful towards others who are in a different place than I am.” Her words have stuck with me as I walk an unknown path. I too am learning to be more graceful, charitable if you will, with my family and friends who are at a different place than I am. Our conversation centered around the global pandemic that we find ourselves navigating through with the constant, ever changing information which only seems to confuse things rather than be of any help. As I’ve thought about my friend’s statement a lot lately, I was reminded of 2 lines from one of my favorite Lacrea songs featuring Kari Jobe. The song is “Broken”. One line says, “And we all need grace in the face of each other.” The second line says, “I need your grace for my flaws.”
Each one of us is in a different place when it comes to this global pandemic. I have many friends that I haven’t seen in months because they are being careful due to a family member who is medically fragile. I have many friends who do want to see each other and take the necessary precautions while visiting. Then there are others who are taking the risks to visit with friends and family. I am learning that faced with each of these there is much grace for someone who is not at the same place I am when it comes to spending time with others. (In case you are wondering…I fall into the camp of I just want to see and hug my family and friends. I’m taking the risk. I am also very careful with those I visit with and respect where they are at as far as wanting to be close or distant.) I believe we could all use a little more grace with others who are in a different spot than we are. As the line says, we need “grace in the face of each other”.
While I am learning to give grace to others who are in a different place, I am also learning to give myself as much grace as possible while I figure out what life looks like being unemployed in a global pandemic. I never expected to be unemployed. This is where I am learning a lot about myself and grace. The second line of the song “Broken” gives me some hope in the midst of this crazy time. It says, “I need your grace for my flaws.” I have a lot of flaws. (If we are all honest we all have flaws.) I do need God’s grace for those flaws that show up each and every day. I want everything figured out and settled. I want to have direction and know I am truly on the right path as far as a job is concerned. I have things I am working on and I keep myself as busy as possible. This is where I need to remember to give myself grace not to worry if I don’t get everything done on my to-do list. Most days that list feels and looks a mile long.
The hope that I have comes from my faith. I don’t have to have each and every moment figured out. God certainly knows what each day is going to look like for me. This is where God’s grace is more than sufficient in my life. When I get anxious or worry about tomorrow, I remind myself of 2 Corinthians 12:9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness…”
Just a reminder to have grace for others and yourself especially during this time when everything is not as we think it should be.