Wasteful Grace


While John and Marti are on retreat, our good friend, Dave Roper will be providing our Catches each day. For more on Dave’s works, click here.

Gloriously wasteful, O my Lord, art thou!
Sunset faints after sunset into the night,
Splendorously dying from thy window-sill—

—George MacDonald, Diary of an Old Soul

From [Jesus’] fullness we have all received, grace in exchange for grace.  John 1:16

“David, quick, come look,” Carolyn calls from the kitchen. I trundle in to see why she’s so excited. 

Our kitchen window faces west and Carolyn is gazing through it at a spectacular Idaho sunset. Orange, red, gray, purple and colors I have no name for, splashed across the horizon in kaleidoscopic display. God with his paint pots and brushes, at it again. 

“Hurry,” Carolyn says, “get the camera,” but by the time I find my iPhone (which is never where I put it) the sunset has faded away, “splendorously dying” from God’s window-sill, a one time show of extravagant beauty, never to be repeated, but matched by the next peerless, made-to order-display.

God’s grace is like his sunsets: uniquely drawn up for each particular day. I wonder, then, what once-in-a-lifetime display of goodness God has in mind for you and me this day? 

I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. 

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4 Responses to Wasteful Grace

  1. Toni Petrella says:

    Wonderful message and I know today and I know God has the best for us on this day and each and every day in our lives.

  2. Why wait?
    We woke up, didn’t we?
    We’re breathing and absorbing all that God has allowed to us to know this day, right?
    This is the unique day that our LORD has made.
    Let’s be responsive and rejoice in it.
    Be active in it now.
    Then, at sunset, reflect on how good a day it really became!
    And give thanks.

    Today: His gift to us.
    Today: our gift back to Him and to those with whom our lives are intertwined.

    “Every day is a chance to be kind and bring more joy to the world. Every day is a day that we will never have back. We must cherish and enjoy it. As we read in Psalm 118:24 (NLT), ‘This is the day the LORD has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.'”
    ~ Yael Eckstein

    Be a blessing. Be blessed.
    Be of good will. Be of good cheer.
    Be courageous. Be encouraged.

    Shalom, Peace…

    • paul sonkowsky says:

      I think I’m still waking up, but good point. God’s grace is splurged on us while we wait to see it, and also as we actively respond to it.

  3. TimC in Oregon says:

    “I wonder, then, what once-in-a-lifetime display of goodness God has in mind for you and me this day? ”

    That makes me wonder if I should be the display of God’s goodness for someone else today.

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