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Perils and Pearls

PERILS

As believers, we are all on the road to glory: a road that is littered with perils.

Jesus called the perils we face troubles or trials when He promised, “In this world you will have troubles. But take heart. I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).

Perils, troubles, trials, whatever you want to call them, are the devil’s playground. In Mama’s case they included some bad “caregivers” who just sat and watched TV, who were just pulling a paycheck or looking for something of value to steal; and those who, when asked to help out, chose to walk out instead.

Perils, troubles, and trials also come in the form of good people, sometimes professional people, who are simply having a bad day or not having a full understanding of the situation and all it entails. For instance, they didn’t know how to deal with Mama’s blindness. As a result, Mama lost 16 pounds in assisted living when no one fed her or put her breakfast or lunch within her reach or told her where it was; and in the nursing home, she became dehydrated because no one handed her a glass of water or told her where it was knowing that eight 8 ounce glasses of liquid is a daily living requirement.

PEARLS

Thankfully, the road to glory is also sprinkled with pearls of God’s wisdom, mercy, and grace. Pearls are spiritual truths that are available to those who ask for them.

Our all-knowing God knew all that we would face, and in His wisdom, He was the only One Who could guide us safely through the maze of eldercare.

God illustrated His mercy toward me so that when I made mistakes or didn’t think to ask for His help, the results were more humorous than disastrous.

And He extended His grace to me, His unmerited and undeserved favor, when He covered me with His calm assurance that in His strength appropriated to me, I would be able to handle whatever came our way because He was always present.

To see how God led the way in the many battles we faced, click the link below for your copy of The Road to Glory: Walking Mama Home.

Speeding Toward Grace

Speeding

My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness. (2 Corinthians 12:9)

Knowing that I’d recently been stopped for speeding, a good friend of mine sent me an e-mail that said, “If you MUST speed on the highway, sing these hymns loudly.”

At 45 mph… God Will Take Care of Me.

At 55 mph… Guide Me, O Great Jehovah.

At 65 mph… Nearer My God to Thee.

At 75 mph…Nearer Still Nearer.

At 85 mph… This World is Not My Home.

At 95 mph… Lord, I’m Coming Home.

At 100 mph… Precious Memories.

Well I was zipping along the Interstate doing somewhere between “Near Still Nearer” and “This World Is Not My Home” when the speed zone changed from “Nearer My God to Thee” to “Guide Me, O Great Jehovah.”

Right at that critical juncture where the speed limit changed from 65 to 55 sat a highway patrolman.

Since I’d already passed every car in front of me, I was first in line to get caught. A quick glance in the rear view mirror confirmed what I already knew. The “blue light special” was turning around to track me down.

He didn’t have to go far. I pulled off to the side and waited for him with window rolled down, driver’s license in hand, and confession on my lips.

He strode silently to my car and peered down at me through sunglasses so dark I couldn’t see his eyes. But before he could open his mouth, I said, “I’m sorry officer. I was speeding.”

You see, “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness,” (1 John 1:9).

“Did you know you were doing 76 in a 55 mile zone?” he asked.

“Yes sir, I did,” I said.

“Where are you going in such a hurry?”

“I’ve got a meeting on the 237 exit at 3:00,” I explained.

“What kind of a meeting?”

“A business meeting,” I said.

“What kind of business?” he asked and continued to ask another question for every answer I gave until he was satisfied that I wasn’t a hardened criminal.

Then he asked for my insurance card and returned to his car while I turned to God.

Lord, thank You for slowing me down for I know I was driving too fast. And Lord, I know I don’t deserve it, but please don’t let him give me a ticket. My husband will kill me, and this one will break the bank.

The officer appeared at my window again. Sternly he spoke his verdict.

“I’m issuing you my good deed for the day,” he said, “but you slow down now, you hear?”

“Yes Sir, I will,” I said.

Thank You, Lord. I’m humbled by your grace.

I drove to my exit thinking about grace — God’s unmerited favor. I had been stopped for breaking the law and deserved to be punished except for grace. And the faster I drove, the more grace God applied.

Romans 5:20 says it best. “Where sin increased, grace increased all the more.”

Why? Because, “[We] are not under law, but under grace” (Romans 6:14). And God’s grace is sufficient.

Jesus told the apostle Paul, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.”

Paul responded, “Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me” (2 Corinthians 12:9).

Surely Christ’s power rested on me as I sat in a position of weakness on the side of the road under the authority of an arresting officer. But how, you might ask, do I know that my instant confession and submissive attitude toward the officer aren’t what saved me from a ticket?

Because, “It is no longer by works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace” (Romans 11:6).

So, “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need,” (Hebrews 4:16) even when we’re caught speeding.

Heavenly Father, Thank You for Your grace, Your unmerited favor. We can’t earn it, and we don’t deserve it, but it’s there for all who accept it. Turn our hearts to You to receive Your gift of grace.