On Friday I was nearing my exit on the 15 North when a car 2 lanes to my left and about 4 car lengths ahead ran over a shovel. This flung the metal shovel (sans wooden handle) up in the air and headed straight for my car. I swerved as far to the right as I could into the shoulder and it bounced just next to my left rear fender and behind my car, passing between me and the car behind me. I thought to myself, “I had three years of driver training in Nairobi for this one moment, and it paid off!”
This reminded me of something I told someone a while back, “God sometimes gives us blessings, sometimes He gives us an anti-curse.” If grace is unmerited favor and mercy is not getting what you deserve, we often focus on grace and forget about mercy. We are usually focused on getting things from God and we miss when we get nothing, and that nothing is more than we deserve.
“And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes,
So that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground,
Nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field,”
Says the Lord of hosts; Malachi 3:11 NKJV
That shovel could have destroyed the left half of my Fiesta, it weighs almost as much. That would not have made for a festive day, or week.
God has a plan and you are at the center of it. He is able, and He loves you. Sometimes His blessings are clearly evident, other times they pass under the radar. It would be better for us if we noticed.