A Teaspoon of Grace

A Teaspoon of Grace
This part of the country has been experiencing a drought. We’ve had one in the summer of almost every year. I’m certain, or at least hopeful, of the weather returning to normal before too long. But for now, the lawn is brown and crispy. Leaves on trees and shrubs are drooping, because their roots can’t find moisture. The ground is so dry and hard that it has cracks in it.

While out for a morning walk, I felt a few moist droplets on my shoulders. I could hear water hitting the sidewalk and trees. This brought a smile and I stopped to look up at the sky and thank God for relief. Unfortunately, the sprinkle lasted only a few minutes, not even long enough to wet my shirt. The weatherman would measure this precipitation not in inches but in teaspoons. But still there was a feeling of relief. I imagined the dry ground soaking up each droplet and beginning to soften. There was hope that eventually the drought would break, rain would come, and the earth would be refreshed.

Returning home, I thought of how grace is like rain. It refreshes the soul and softens the heart. If we watch the daily news, it’s obvious the world is in a grace drought. There is a dangerous, suffocating lack of human kindness. Hearts seem as dry and hard as the ground in my yard. And like that hard soil, treasuring each drop of rain, we treasure each bit of grace. When kindness is shown, forgiveness given. When love wins out for even a minute, there is a sense of relief. We soak up each kind life-giving word and deed.

Jesus said, “Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’” John 7:38 ESV There should be no lack of refreshment in the Christian community. Let’s remember to resist the urge to be conformed to the dry and parched world. Let’s be transformed by the word of God. (Romans 12:2)

As Christians we are the recipients of springs of living water. It is our responsibility to share the precious drops with the world in a grace drought. May I remember that even a teaspoon of grace can change a life and help to heal a dry and cracked heart.

Additional Scripture reading: Psalm 72 and Revelation 22:1-3

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