Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | May 15, 2018

Truckloads of Grace

“Surely the arm of the LORD is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear.” Isaiah 59:1 (NIV)

Keeping track of my rambunctious threesome while caring for the house, doing laundry, cooking meals, and checking on homework assignments was always exhilarating, especially when my day involved duty in the school cafeteria or home room, or attending a parent-teacher conference. Oh, and did I mention grocery shopping? Well, I guess I will start with this last one, then.

I’ve heard many a preachers say not to pray for patience, because when you pray for patience – according to them – God gives you situations to test your patience. Whether this is true or just a pulpit anecdote, in days like that one, I would be fervently praying for a truckload of patience. And grace, lots of grace.

A new Walmart was inaugurated in our hometown, and I decided, after a long day, to go buy groceries and see the new store. And yes, with the kite tails in tow. If I could rewind time and redesign how that day would be, I would have done so. Everything that could go wrong went wrong. With one child’s hand bruised from being run over by a shopping cart and with a terrible malfunction of my wardrobe due to my youngest child’s aspiration to be a gymnast (I will spare you the details). I was ready to tear my robe and spread ashes all over my body. That is how overwhelmed and bent out of shape I was that day.
Yet, the joy and giggles that my boys always brought (and still do bring!) into my life with their individuality, friendship, charisma, and love, were steady and strong, like the very heartbeats that kept this mother’s heart on beating.

My boys have their own families now and I relive these adventures with a bittersweet taste in my mouth. I would give anything to have those kind of crazy, loud, chaotic days with my boys back. And adding to that, I see God’s mercy in my own life and in the lives of all His children. We all give Him plenty of reasons to give up on us or to be mad at us. Yet, His arms are always open wide to receive us and keep us close to His heart, as I will always be with my progeny, in spite of how old they may be.

“Thank You, God, for never giving up on us. You are always near, even when we are not.”

For His Glory

Luska Natali
TRBC Women’s Life

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