Monday, April 13, 2009

Splashes Of Grace

The title of this blog was inspired by this letter below and therefore the birth of this blog. How a trickle, a splash, or a river of God's grace does for us each day if we were to look out for them. It's everywhere and within our lives. No matter what mountains we face or valleys we are in, there is a silver lining in the dark clouds called grace, the grace of God. It was never meant to be taken for granted but to strengthen us, and it will overflow to the people around us.I thank God for a wonderful article i received from All Worship inspirational email.

SPLASHES OF GRACE

(Note: This is a letter that one of AllWorship's readers wrote to a close friend who was going through a very difficult time.)

My dear friend,

How are you, sweetie? I wanted to share an adventure with you that the girls and I had last week.

We were walking down by the water in the gully behind our house, when suddenly, a doe came crashing through the woods, headed directly towards us! It was so wild! She came to a skidding stop on her knees, right into a rotten
tree stump that was directly in front of me.

I could have reached out and touched her! She fell over on her side, jumped to her feet and ran off in the opposite direction. It was hard to tell who was more startled - the doe, or us!

Pretty awesome, huh? I felt like it was a gift from God, the experience as well as not getting slammed by a terrified, frantic 100-pound deer! I call these kinds of experiences "splashes of grace", because they are evidence to me of God's love and grace towards me, and they come unexpectedly, usually at times when I really need them. I have learned to keep my eyes open for them. They are easy to miss.

But in really hard times, when these "splashes" happen, they provide moments of joy and wonder, and when we are in pain all the time, even a few minutes of happiness can make the difference between making it and not!

For a second, while the deer is crashing towards me or the pansy petals are soft against my face or the brilliant red cardinal is lighting up my dull winter backyard or the chocolate is melting in my mouth or the smell of patchouli is steaming up from my bath...for a second I am not the hurting one, the sick one, the broken, wounded one...for a second, I am simply a beloved child of God receiving a splash of His love, meant especially for me.

I know that you are hurting badly, and I cannot imagine what turmoil and pain you are going through. I am praying that you will receive splashes of grace to equal your need, that God will provide moments of wonder just for you, to remind you of your true and eternal identity.

There is no question that, for now, you are broken and wounded. But that part of who you are is a layer, not the whole thing, and it will be peeled off in time, to reveal who you have always been, and still are and always will be...a beloved child of God, the daughter of the King, a citizen of Heaven, spotless and pure before the throne of your Father, God.

Splashes of grace poke through the layer of pain to reveal who you really are. Who you are when you are staring in awe at the prettiest flower you ever saw, or tasting the best cheesecake in existence, or melting under the butterfly kisses of a toddler...that's who you are. Splashes of grace help us remember, when the pain has stolen all memory of better days. They are God's way of bringing us to ourselves, when we think that we'll never be anything other than broken and crushed.
And most importantly, they are God's way of bringing us to Himself.

In days when most of our contact with Him consists of anguished questions and agonizingly desperate pleas for help, splashes of grace are God's way of scooping us into His arms and saying "Look, daughter...do you see it? A butterfly, just for you! Isn't it lovely? Look at it's wings. Aren't they soft? Amazing, isn't it?"

Splashes of grace are you and God looking out on the wonder of creation for a moment, in a way that allows you both to respond to what you are seeing freely, unhampered by the struggle that you are in. It may only last a moment. But what a moment!

Dearest friend, look for them. Maybe you already have been. In the darkest place, God is. And where God is, splashes of grace happen. I love you, precious child of the King.

--Kelly Stevenson

5 comments:

  1. a splendid story of inspiration. I can understand why you are inspired to start a blog of grace!CoOL!!

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  2. Oh my goodness! I am Kelly Stevenson, or due to a series of difficult events that required multiple splashes of grace to get through, Kelly Robichaud. I cannot tell you what a blessing it is to read this, to see your blog, to know that you are glorifying God with your words and that I might have had a small part in that!!! In fact, I have been struggling to continue writing in my own blog, because I have been questioning whether God is using my writing or not, whether anyone is reading or not. Wow. What a splash of grace!!!

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!!

    Wow.

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  3. Hi Kelly, wow I never thought I would have the writer of this article to find & comment this blog of mine. How did you stumble upon my blog? Your article on 'Splashes of Grace' touched my heart & brought comforting revelation to me the first time I read it. I'm glad that God used my blog somehow to speak back to you. Never give up writing whats in your heart. And whatever you do for God is never in vain.I too hope my blog will encourage someone somehow when they stumble upon my sharings. Going to go to ur blog now. Thanks for sharing with me this splash of grace!

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  4. Hello again! I actually googled "Splashes of Grace", and your blog was one of the results. You are a good writer, and have a sweet, tender heart for God. What fun, to be able to serve God with the gifts from His hand!

    I am so glad that God can take the bits and pieces that we give Him and turn them into food for the multitudes. You are so right - we cannot ever stop offering our words for Him to use as He will! We serve an awesome God!

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  5. Amen, sister! God is awesome and gracious and loving and the lists goes on.

    Thank u for your encouragement,I really needed that. I'm still learning to able to write as how I feel(yet grammatically right :), to write the expressions from my mind and heart, and most importantly to write to speak to the hearts of the readers.

    Through many trying experience, it's not easy to look out for splashes of grace around me but after i read ur article, it inspired me to be conscious of even the tiniest, minute splashes of Grace from the Lord. God bless you! May God continue to impress upon our hearts to write 'foods' for the multitude.

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