(a re-post from last October)
To talk about grace, one is entering into a place where all is not known.
How can one know about such an ethereal, God-given, all-encompassing phenomenon?
Evidence of grace can be seen; but how does it come, and where does it go, to whom does it go? How do we know what grace really is?
Perhaps it comes like the fragrance of perfume, sometimes softly, as it wafts over a room as the person who wears it comes into your presence.
Even as the fragrance is spread into our presence, it comes through the presence of another individual.
Reflecting on that truth causes me to ponder about our receiving grace: is that how we know we have received grace, when we are in the presence of another? Surely God uses people to dispense His grace to us.
Fragrant expressions of God’s grace come to us each day we live in the form of individuals that He brings onto our paths and their fragrant lives help us know grace.
Unknown to many, because we are too busy to see and experience grace when is comes, we continue to wonder, :What and where is grace?”
Many do not accept grace when it is freely given. We’ve been taught to believe we need nothing from anyone, even God.
Entrance in the very presence of God is the result of receiving and accepting grace, for the very face of God is seen in the gift He gives.
Often we question grace, we cannot believe it does not cost us anything, except our acceptance; we are skeptical at best.
Forging ahead on our own, we lack the awareness of God in the everyday occurrences, the causal meetings and the profound witness of His creation.
Grace can only be experienced, not defined, if one is to truly know what it is. Acceptance of God is the key and knowing His love is much greater than we can ever explain or define leads us to know “grace.”
Rooted in the very nature of God Himself, we only have to accept and believe in that love and nature if we are to experience grace as He intended.
Allowing grace to drip over us and to wash us and to refresh us in the everydayness of life is to live in the presence of God Himself.
Coming to realize and accept this truth is part of the path of life that God calls each of us to walk and, at times, to run.
Eternity with God is the promised result of accepting His grace. What better perfume of grace can there be than to live in the presence of the one whose fragrance is grace itself?
The Path Continues…