Ann Voskamp has a favorite saying, “All is grace.” There is something good about everything, namely that everything affords us the opportunity to grow closer to God.
Even the bad things that happen have a good component. Extreme tragedies, for example, are our invitations to deeper intimacy with the Lord as we wrestle in conversation with Him over His allowing the tragedies. We are drawn to Him out of anger over the event, demanding answers and explanations. But as we pursue Him, He reveals His tender, personal love for us in a way we cannot see when we don’t come to Him. And we are changed by His love.
All is grace.
Psalm 145:8-9 says, “The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love. The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made.”
Even those who do not accept His existence. Even those who worship His nemesis. The Lord is gracious to all. Because all is grace. Unbelievers experience blessings every day, not the least of which is they haven’t been eternally judged yet. He is patient, not wanting any to perish but everyone to understand their need for His love (2 Pe 3:9).
James says, “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father,” (James 1:17).
I typically only believe this verse applies to BIG gifts. My husband, by children, my salvation – these are from the Father, and I am thankful for them.
But the little gifts I take for granted, not noticing that I am literally surrounded by sweet nothings from the Lord, day in and day out.
My 2 yr old’s little hand resting on top of mine.
My 5 yr old’s laugh.
My husband’s freshly-shaven face.
The aroma of cookies baking.
All is grace. All is a good and perfect gift from the Father, meant to draw me closer to the Giver.
Lord, help me to see these gifts all around me, and use them to deepen my affection for You, the One who spoils me so with His infinite love.
There is a common discussion among theologians about the sacred and the secular, and how there is no difference when in comes to our relationship to God. All is sacred because of how He informs all with His gracious presence. But we don’t always see it and you are calling us to see it. Thank you.