The Imperfect Path || Transparent Grace
Where's the reset button? Do you ever wish a day, week, month had a reset button. Like, if you could go back and redo something or make a different choice you totally would in a heartbeat?
This has been a week of God's redeeming love through my failures, imperfections, stupid decisions... and every other thing that might come to mind. I would love to say that at almost 38, I don't make dumb choices anymore... That I always speak in a loving way. Treat people how I want to be treated. Make perfect choices whenever presented with a decision to make. But CLEARLY, that is SO not true. This week has definitely been a refining week and reminder of how much I need God's mercy, grace, and redeeming love in my life ALWAYS. That my ideas and motives in life are clearly flawed without His guidance, truth and redeeming love.
I have learned [again] this week that when God humbles and teaches, He refines and strengthens. He takes the imperfect moments in my life and turns them around for His good and smothers them with His Grace when I do not deserve it. He nurtures and molds me to be a better wife, mother, daughter, friend, neighbor, etc. He reminds me that HE created me for HIS purpose and not my own.
Refining moments are hard. They aren't fun. I do not enjoy them. I mean, who does? But honestly, I am grateful for them. They are humbling. They remind me that God's mercies are new every morning. That while I am still an imperfect human being who makes stupid decisions, Christ died for me and redeemed me from all of that. And this brings me humbly to my knees. Because grace, mercy, love, and forgiveness are given to me when I do not even remotely deserve it. And in this is freedom and grace, the unmerited favor from God.