Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. 2 Peter 1:2
My hair is growing longer and it feels graceful. That may sound strange, but the last time my hair was long I was in high school. It was around the time I was raped. Although I have not intentionally kept my hair short, the hiding emotional layers underneath kept me from letting it grow. And so yes my hair is longer, and each and every strand I see as a manifestation of God’s ever growing grace.
Grace seems like it might not be enough. Especially when the worst has become reality for you. Unforgiveness, anger, hate, distress, and bitterness fill your heart and mind and you wonder how you will ever be able to move past. Grace seems as if a mild remedy for a tough situation.
If only grace were mild…
But grace is tough. It straps up our sin and sends it away. It tangles up our heart and wraps it like a fleshy wound binding band aide. The acceptance of grace is radical. It seeps into the broken places and pushes out the flesh. It challenges us to do the things we don’t want to do. To go places we don’t want to go. But only to the boundaries of what must be done so grace can manifest as peace and remedy.
Radical acceptance of His grace may seem strange or, well, a bit radical. Trusting His grace to cover all of our hurt changes the victim to survivor. It means deciding His wounds on the cross were payment enough for the hurts life has vaulted onto our path. A tough decision when your bank account was robbed by unfair, unthinkable circumstances. But His grace is enough…it has to be.
And so we have a choice to let grace grow and manifest in the place where bitterness and anger once thrived. We can choose to water either plant, but only one will sprout peace, strength, and dignity. Maybe the grace plant in you could use a little water. Will you think about letting it grow…