A story of Grace.
This week of Beat The Drum has been a week that has exhausted me in every way. But in the exhaustion, He is faithful.
Let me tell you a story about a new friend – her name is Grace.
I stayed back from school in the morning to pack up sound equipment because we needed to show the movie one last time. At this point in the week (it’s only Tuesday mind you) I was exhausted and frustrated, so I decided to try an activity some friends here do: I picked a song to listen to on repeat. My choice of the day was Overwhelmed by Big Daddy Weave. My phone was set to play this song only, and it did so for nearly 4 hours.
Sparing you details, don’t mind my scatter-brain, God brought to mind The Fruit of The Spirit and I said, out loud, “No, God. I don’t want to. I want to be upset.” Yet as I said those words, I was being convicted, so I asked God to begin by renewing my strength, because I felt that’s where it all needed to start.
At some point in this conversation with God I took out my headphones … Not sure why.
Anyway, when I went to put my headphones back in, My Revival by Lauren Daigle was on and the first words of the song I heard was “and I’ll stand on Your promise: you will renew my strength.” God was reaffirming the fact that He would indeed renew my strength. So I decided to continue with this. I prayed more specifically for where I wanted to see His strength. I prayed for strength in the areas of grace and patience — I was severely lacking in both areas at this point. As I finished my prayers, I opened my eyes, and a grade 12 girl walks to up to ask me why I’m lonely. She proceeds to introduce herself as Grace. Seconds after I finished asking God for grace – here she comes. She said she had walked up once before as I sat alone, but went away without saying anything. (She was just waiting for me to ask for her from God). Since our encounter, the week was changed. My heart was changed. My perspective. My attitude. In the midst of frustration, He still cares.
So Grace, thank you. Thank you for being the Grace I needed – through you I saw God’s continual grace, love, and care.
God uses the crappy stuff and makes it good.
|ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Laura Gratopp • 2015 International Immersion Intern