And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them. ~Luke 6:31
There are moments when God grants us a miracle. A drug addict who overcomes the addiction and gives his life to Christ—a devastating traffic crash where everyone walks away—an unexplained sudden healing that baffles medical doctors. In times like these, we boldly acknowledge that God is mindful of us.
God is continuously mindful of us—always present—granting us ordinary moments of grace. Such as, an unexpected encouraging phone call from an old friend when we feel overwhelmed and discouraged. The gift of a 40% off coupon from a stranger standing in line behind us, as we silently pray for enough money to cover our purchase. Maybe the moment of grace is an unexpected refund check in the mail. Or a ‘thank you note’ from a supervisor on a day when we feel like quitting. These are moments, we often dismiss without a second thought.
These. . . however. . . are ordinary moments of grace. Grace – that divine unmerited favor from God that helps us when in need. Moments that seem, small, yet are extraordinary filled with love and mercy given to us by God. Just because He desires us to have it, and not necessarily because of anything we have done to earn it. Many of us have experienced countless ordinary moments of grace.
I am thankful for ordinary moments of grace, because even in the seemingly small and mundane challenges of life. . . I am shown that God is ever-present.
Once a friend shared with me that he was being given the silent treatment from some Christians in his church. A “click” that fed on the strength of their collective unity and sought after popularity. As a Christian himself, he was disappointed by their behavior. As he reflected on their attitude towards him and how best to approach the situation—he asked God how he should feel about the experience—not wanting to be forgetful of Matthew 5:23-24.
I told him that as long as his heart and mind were clear, and he harbored no ill conceit—then be at peace and wait on the Lord for further guidance. I asked him to read Romans 12:17-21 because whether we like it or not, there are times when we experience mistreatment by others.
We must realize that what we do when we experience mistreatment reflects our fellowship with God. We must keep in mind that resentment starts as a tiny root that grows up to cause trouble and defiles many (Hebrews 12:5). Therefore, we must remember the example of David (Psalm 31:5-15, 1 Samuel 24:2-15) and trust God’s guidance (1 Peter 3:10-12, Romans 12:19-21) knowing that He works everything for our good when we love and trust Him (Romans 8:28).
No joke! A few days later, this friend forwarded me an email he received from the listserv Quora. . . INTJs, how do you react to the “silent treatment”? After reading the response to the question. . .
I simply replied, God is mindful of His children. He often grants us ordinary moments of grace.
God bless. . . I am Wiley’s granddaughter.