“I was late for work today…”

“For there is only one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity—the man Christ Jesus.” – 1 Timothy 2:5

 

I was late for work today, and so happy about it.  Not that I overslept, or experienced any challenges along the way, but I had a wonderful glimpse of the grace of God.  And I decided to stay where I was in order to hang onto it for as long as possible.  

See, my mom is visiting for a few days, and I bought her an IPhone yesterday.  See has never experienced that kind of technology, so getting her up the learning curve is going to take a while.  As I was getting ready to leave this morning, she asked me to show her how to do something.  I ended up sitting there for over an hour, having a great deal of fun as we worked through things like picking out a ringtone and taking videos.

You are probably asking yourself why this was  so special.  Well, I can tell you, it was a miracle for me because I went for a very long time with no contact with my mom at all.  In the not so distant past, I went years without even speaking to her because of some outstanding issues between us.  Our relationship was absolutely destroyed, and to be honest, I really didn’t care.  There was a great deal of hurt and pain on both sides, and I am sure we both figured we were better off without the other.

I can’t really pinpoint what exactly happened to heal the relationship.  But, gradually over the last few years, we have come to repair our relationship and even enjoy each other’s company.  My friends, THAT IS A MIRACLE.  I never thought I would see it, nor did I even want it.

But you see, I serve a God of reconciliation and peace.  And I think it pains Him to see families at odds.  Sometimes there are very good reasons to cut ties with those closest to us, especially the unhealthy ones.  However, in my case, pride was our big problem and that is not an excuse worthy of a believer.  

I have a good friend that has seen our relationship for years.  She commented to me not long ago, “I am glad to see you getting along with your mom so well.”  I told I thought we were both trying.  Her answer was insightful.  “No, she is still the same toward you.  But your attitude has changed and you have an amazing amount of patience with her.”

My friend was right.  My mom will probably never change.  But my Lord has filled my heart with love and compassion for her.  He gives me patience, and light-heartedness when I am in her presence.  My God is a God of reconciliation and peace.  Relationships are hard.  But His grace can sustain me through the challenges once I give up and let Him take over my actions.  

And that is one of the reasons I worship Him today.  He has the ability to make all things new.

Peace Brothers and Sisters.

My Lord, My God,

You fill my life with good things.  You change me from the inside out.  Your sweet Holy Spirit continues to work in my heart until I have something that resembles the heart of Jesus.  You chip away at my pride, and replace it with the confidence of who I am in You.  You make me gracious and forgiving.  Praise be to Mighty Jehovah, for You make all things new.

Amen

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