April 17, 2014

Interrupted by Grace {Day 17}: Perspective

I am embarrassed any time a non family member gets on our car.  I don't want to give the impression that we live like pigs, but that is the only conclusion I think anyone could possibly reach after climbing over all of this

to find a seat in our van.

Yep, that photo is the contents I pulled off of our car floor yesterday morning before we left for co-op.  My mother-in-law, Gladys, was due to arrive in the afternoon, so I knew I'd have help with the kids so I could tackle the junk in the afternoon.  Pigs, right?

When Gladys saw the stack, however, her response was, "That's what winter does to a car.  It's too cold to clean it out, even if you want to."

She could not have said a kinder thing to me!  I felt so relieved.  I was interrupted by grace when given a different perspective, one so kind and generous.  Perhaps everyone doesn't think we're pigs, even if I think they should!

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This week also gives us a fresh perspective in the middle of routine life, as we reflect on the events leading up to Jesus's death and then celebrate His resurrection.  Last night we attended a wonderful worship and communion service at church that provided new perspective on the thoughts of the disciples around the table with Jesus on the first Maundy Thursday.  Then this morning I was on track to read Mark 14, which is a description of that day in Jesus's life.  What a day to live through: anointing, betrayal, arrest, desertion, accusation, condemnation, beating and denial.  And all of that coming ahead of a cruel death on a cross.

How sweet and blessed that the Lord interrupts us by grace with His perspective on what we really need in the hustle and bustle of life this side of heaven - rescue from sin and death and new life.

Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.  Hebrews 13:20


  1. Ohhhh Heather. Our van (still) has identical contents on the floor. I did just remove some old slices of cucumber from the way back. Win! Happy Easter friend! I think you should write a daily devotional called Interrupted By Grace. :)

    1. If found several apple slices and lots of raisins. haha! Happy Easter to you, too. Perhaps one of these days I'll publish. You're the 2nd one to mention it this week!