Saturday, May 16, 2015
Our Daily Grace
I just needed a pair of new running shoes. Instead of buying online, I decided to purchase them at a non-franchised local running store. The young man fitted me with what he thought best for my foot, although they did not have the width I usually wore. "Give these a try," he said. "If they don't work, you can bring them back."
After a few days of wearing them inside, the shoes still didn't feel right. I wanted to try a pair in my usual width. I returned to the store. An older salesman greeted me. He did not have my size in the store, but he said he could order me a pair for an $8 shipping fee with a $20 non-refundable deposit.
I did the math. "So if you order me the other size and it does not fit, I would be out $28?" He just smiled and nodded his head. To make a long and difficult story short, after the owner came over, the clerk finally agreed to waive the extra fees and order the shoes.
As I exited the store, I felt uneasy. That older clerk had been just plain ornery. He made a simple purchase a lot harder than it needed to be. He didn't treat me right. Just about all the way home, I justified my feelings, reciting every insult and injury. And that bitter taste grew worse.
When I arrived home, I put on my OLD worn-out shoes and went for a run in the heat of the day. There is nothing like a good sweaty uphill run to calm the savage emotional beast in me. Because on those runs, God meets me for a real workout.
Before the first bend in the road, I realized those nasty feelings were nothing other than sin. My sin, not the clerk's, not anyone else's but mine. I have learned in the past that when a tsunami of justifications rise to the occasion, hmmmm, that would be my pride. How do I know? Grace responds. Pride reacts. Insults, injury and injustice just don't stick to grace.
Fill me, O LORD, with the grace needed for the task today.
Even in what appears the most ordinary errand of all.
I was hit out of the blue with an opportunity to practice grace in this, even in this. And I almost missed it.
I thought I just needed a pair of running shoes.
What I really needed was
a new heart.
Give us this day
our daily grace.
...desiring to act honorably
in all things.