Thursday, December 30, 2010

Grace unexpected.

2010tgmiami (49)

I came across a quote that summarizes one of the biggest life lessons I've learned this year. I haven't read anything else by the author, so disclaimers apply, but I loved this:
...When we are simply imagining chilling scenarios, we are facing the horrible emotions without any of God’s sustaining grace. Every time we imagine something, we put ourselves through agony of a kind we will never have to go through in real life. Because when awful things are actually happening, God walks with us through them and gives us His grace and strength. The peace of God’s presence through a trial is something I can never conjure up in my imagination, and something that only comes with real trials, not the pretend ones I make up while driving. Now I know the difference.

So today, when the what-ifs come darkening the clear skies of a quiet moment, I try to remind myself that if something like that were to actually happen, it wouldn’t be like I imagine it. I have no idea the peace, and strength, and grace the Lord would give me. I’m sure you’ve heard that trite little saying, “The will of God will never lead us where the grace of God cannot keep us.” It’s true.

- Mrs. Parunak


  1. That's extremely convicting.

    Something about becoming a mother made my natural worry-wort tendency get ramped up to about a million+1. I always imagine the "what ifs" to an extreme degree where it comes to our health, job security, losing my husband or son in some freak accident, etc. And I admit that I don't picture those worst moments with God's grace overriding the tragedy. Thank you for the reminder.

  2. Love this Brenda! Thanks for sharing!

  3. That is really encouraging. Thank you for sharing. :)

  4. This is actually something I've been thinking about more recently. This and the fact that nothing just randomly happens to us--God has allowed it for a reason and is over the entire situation. It does sooth my fear a bit when I remember that.

  5. Wow, I really needed to read that today. I've never thought about it that way before. Thank you for posting this quote.