Desert Living

“Grace. Let it so seep into the crusty cracks of your life that everything softens. Then let it bubble to the surface, like a spring in the Sahara, in words of kindness and deeds of generosity.” ~ Max Lucado (Grace Happens Here, pg. 116-117)

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Many people question our sanity for living in an area that is so blazing hot. Maybe they are right. You begin to wonder if the heat has indeed made you crazy when 90 degrees is actually considered a cool day. The best part is that we often try to console ourselves by saying that it’s a dry heat. It’s the dry heat that makes our skin crack and lips bleed. It’s the dry heat that requires us to run from one air-conditioned building to the next. It’s the dry heat that makes it almost hard to sweat. Almost.

Sometimes life can feel like a desert. Maybe it’s financial problems that are leaving your worried and anxious. Maybe it’s marital tension that is leaving you emotionally raw and distracted.  Maybe it’s a spiritual battle that is leaving you feeling defeated and alone.

Here is where grace enters the dry and cracked surface of our lives. Our God is not unsympathetic with His kids. In fact, Hebrews 4:15 says, “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are–yet he did not sin.” When life feels so dry that we have no energy to fight sin, we can be reminded that Jesus was tempted just like we were. BUT, He never gave in. Because of His victory over sin, we have grace that covers over our mess-ups, break downs, and dry spells. He understands us and still gives grace.

And the grace doesn’t stop there. Not only is it a balm to our own brokenness, but it also strengthens us to continue to fight. It gives us reason to give to others the grace that we have been given. It gives us the energy to show kindness even in the midst of the struggle. It gives us the heart to serve generously as Christ served us. The grace of God brings healing to us, and we have the opportunity to show the cure to a dying world.

May we be reminded of His grace in the spiritual deserts of life. May we never forget that our King has walked that same parched ground with perfection. May we allow his grace to heal our wounds and strengthen us to do His work.

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