AKA obstructions to grace, givers of grace, and creators of grace.
This appears to be one of those “seasons” (to coin a phrase from a “VP”) when life starts to feel like a game of Whack-a-Mole, and I have the job of trying to fill in for the other 4 moles besides manning my own hole. You know – just when you think it’s safe to pop your head up, WHAM – there is that dang hammer. Also, you know with a fairly high degree of certainty that the game will probably go on for way too many rounds.
Fortunately, God sees the very real need to send angels to remind you that it will all work out. They are the givers of grace. A friend that sends you an email with just the very words you need to hear. Meeting a friend that you haven’t seen in a very long time – and she blesses you with some advice in a conversation that was completely unexpected. Even the simple things – finding little reminders – that help you remember the game will eventually end. Little things like finding heart-shaped stones, or hearing a song with lyrics that touch your heart. When the game ends, you will be stronger, more agile, and MUCH more adept at dodging the hammer.
Then there are the VPs – most annoying when they are people that you love, respect, and look to for guidance and direction. You know – you have them in your life as well. They are the ones who bring you great joy MOST of the time. (Otherwise, at times like this, you want to slap the snot out of them.) This could even be expanded to include vexatious situations (VSs). These people and situations challenge you in a couple of ways. First – to not “lose it” completely – and actually slap the snot out of them, or in the case of a VS – not to just throw your hands up and walk away. Second (and the reason they are in your life) – to grow your grace. VPs and VSs then become creators of grace. Because you know, in your very soul, that your VPs and VSs will indeed help you create more grace, you also get a lesson in love. Because you really can’t slap them silly, now, can you? Even if they are taking turns holding the hammer……
Disclaimer – I believe that we are all VPs at many points in our lives – to those we love, as well as to strangers. For the very reason I just mentioned….(heaven forbid I offend anyone reading this).