Grace and Dinosaurs

Grace and Dinosaurs

It all started with the triceratops tromping through the bedroom.  Back and forth, 4 am, 5 am, then the loud bark – you know the kind when dinosaurs are hungry.  Not once, but throughout the house. No, I don’t have a dinosaur in my house, but it seemed that invasive to me this morning.  It was our 16 year old Yorkie.  Hershey is aging, his bladder is not so good, he can’t hear, his sight is mostly gone, and he can’t tell time.  When he thinks its time to eat he gives instructions.  He paces, he barks… incessantly until he gets what he wants.  

God bless Jack, he usually does the early morning feed.  But sometimes it doesn’t matter.  We think he forgets he has eaten.  Dinosaurs roam the house and there is nothing to assuage the wild beast.  He only weighs 11 pounds, but you would never think that when this starts!

I have a confession to make… I am a bit, how would I describe it… irritable?  This morning before dawn cracked, Hershey was playing dinosaur.  

So, I got up, started my day, and here I am.  It’s only 10 o’clock and it feels like I have already had a day.  Emails, phone calls, texts, listening to news of more virus spread, Congress in a stall (Grrr – get your priorities right for the circumstance!!).  Oh yea, and i have to make a call to the online pharmacy to see if they are following up on sending meds on time.  Ok. Enough!  

For some reason, would you say the Holy Spirit, as I was brushing my teeth I was called into accountability.   What is my problem? O.K. – so I reflected on the current chaos in the world, in our country, and in our lives.  That is unsettling.  Then there is the dinosaur thing….  many folks facing job loss, funds for food, insurance, all the things that one needs for safety and security, being dropped away like a bomb.  I feel that for them.  I am facing into the reality that we really do need to STAY HOME.  Containment stares us (ME!) in the face.  That brings its own set of challenges, whether it is being all alone or being in a confined space with family, children… so close that irritants can surface.  

God help me. God help us.  We have all seen the posts about parents at wits end.  There are the real anxieties we face each day that leave us frustrated, irritated. You know what I mean!

Right in the middle of dental hygiene, I heard “Where is your grace?”  What? Again. “Where is your grace?”.  I have to confess, my grace was in very short supply.  How do we refill the grace attitude when we can come up with any reason to stay in a state of grace-less-ness?  

You have to want it. I have to want it.  I had to reflect on the unmerited, unearned love of God that I experience every day, every minute. I have tromped all over the grace laid before me, demanding what I want, when I want it. And may I say I, I have forgotten how many ways God has redeemed me from my own actions, decisions, desires so that I can get beyond myself to let God take lead in my heart, mind and soul.

Deep breath.  The irritants of life, especially now when we are in stress, can seem like dinosaurs disrupting our life.  I breathe again, say a prayer, Lord help me. Help me keep perspective.  Help me to live into Your grace, so I can share grace with everyone I interact with.

Thanks be to God, that dinosaurs are extinct, and grace is alive!

I love you, I am praying for you, and I am praying that grace will show up all over the place for you.
Pastor Lisa

 

“where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, so that, just as sin exercised dominion in death, so grace might also exercise dominion through justification leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. 
What then are we to say? Should we continue in sin in order that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin go on living in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? Therefore we have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.” Romans 5: 20b – 6: 4

 

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