I experienced Grace recently. Like you, I experience grace daily. However, this instance was a bit unexpected.
My bride and I went to the pharmacy to pick up her prescription. We had met our insurance deductible for the year and the cost of the medication was unusually low. It was only $0.24. The bad news is that I didn’t have enough money to cover that tiny cost.
I had no cash in my wallet and no change in the cubbyhole where I normally toss spare coins. We were on the way home from dinner and my wife did not have her big purse with everything in it. I was not going to use a credit card for a charge that small.
I apologized, explained our situation, and began to drive away. The pharmacy technician then pulled a quarter out of her own purse and paid for it herself. I was shocked and pleasantly surprised.
Upon arriving home, I found a quarter and placed it with my things to take to the nice lady at the pharmacy.
It took over a month of stopping by to find her at work.
Now here’s the thing: I had a bad attitude about that woman before that day. She is a bit too sassy and sarcastic for my tastes. That day she heaped burning coals upon my head.
Last night I returned to the pharmacy, and she was working. I was able to pay her back against her protestations. We had a pleasant conversation. Later, I ran into her again on one of the aisles of the grocery store. Again, we engaged in pleasant small talk. She was on the way home after a long day on her feet.
Her name is Nancy. Nancy means grace. I will never think of her the same way again. She demonstrated grace in my moment of need. She treated me kindly when she could have treated me with contempt.
- When is the last time you received a measure of unexpected grace?
- When is the most recent time you extended grace to someone?
- Whose life can you grace today?
Thank you, Nancy, for gracing me and reminding me to do the same for others.
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Acts 21:10, 11 Several days later a man named Agabus, who also had the gift of prophecy, arrived from Judea. He came over, took Paul’s belt, and bound his own feet and hands with it. Then he said, “The Holy Spirit declares, ‘So shall the owner of this belt be bound by the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem and turned over to the Gentiles.’” (NLT)
Acts 20:33-35 “I have never coveted anyone’s silver or gold or fine clothes. You know that these hands of mine have worked to supply my own needs and even the needs of those who were with me. And I have been a constant example of how you can help those in need by working hard. You should remember the words of the Lord Jesus: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” (NLT)
Acts 18:9, 10 One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision and told him, “Don’t be afraid! Speak out! Don’t be silent! For I am with you, and no one will attack and harm you, for many people in this city belong to me.” (NLT)
1 Kings 19:11-13 “Go out and stand before me on the mountain,” the LORD told him. And as Elijah stood there, the LORD passed by, and a mighty windstorm hit the mountain. It was such a terrible blast that the rocks were torn loose, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake there was a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. And a voice said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” (NLT)