I took time to notice the snow this
past week. I went out to stand under the flakes while they fell, and then I
shoveled. Afterward I sat by the back door and watched more flakes float down. Individually,
each flake seemed fragile and small. Eventually, though, they began to stick
where I had just shoveled. I stepped away to make some lunch and returned to
find another few inches had accumulated. I sat amazed that singularly they seem
almost inconsequential, yet over time they link their crystalline fingers and
arms and grow, grow, grow.
Seeking God’s kingdom first and
placing the needs of others before ours is not always easy. People won’t always
appreciate it or say thank you. Sometimes they may even say something offensive
to you or about you. But, “Don’t worry.” Rather trust that, over time, God will
use the kindness and love and grace poured out in someone’s life like the
Forgiveness is an example.
Forgiveness is not a one-time event, rather it is a slow and powerful work of grace
and reconciliation. It happens continually
each time we feel the hurt, anger,
sadness, pain, rage, fear and violation rise up again, and we say, “Lord, help
me to forgive.” Just like the foot of snow that doesn’t come from one giant
snowflake instantaneously, instead it comes from the gradual and continual
piling up over time.
One act on its own may seem
inconsequential and fragile, but many of them linked together will become
significant and beautiful.
How can you show kindness, grace,
or forgiveness this week?