During my visit, I went to Santa Cruz, which was about an hour away from where I was staying.The drive was beautiful with winding roads surrounded by tall, evergreen trees. Unfortunately, it was a cloudy, winter day in Santa Cruz, so there wasn't much to do. After a while, we decided to head back, especially since it was about to rain.
All of a sudden, the driver swerved into the right lane and then continued onto a temporary shoulder and halted to a stop. After we collected ourselves and calmed down, we continued back home. A few minutes later, we saw the cause of the traffic. Someone else had gotten into an accident because of the slippery roads.
We knew that we were only safe because of God's grace. Grace is receiving a gift that we do not deserve. We, as sinners, do not deserve safety and protection. Without grace from God, we would live in a world without safety, without protection, without love, without kindness, without structure, without anything good. But because God has grace, we are able to love one another, have families, eat every day, and live in safety. We do not deserve a single blessing because of our sins, but we receive so much because God graciously loves and provides for us.
It was by God's grace that we did not hit the car in front of us. It was by God's grace that the driver made the snap judgment to swerve into the right lane. It was by God's grace that the car in the right lane was not close enough to hit us. It was by God's grace that there happened to be a shoulder in that section of the highway (other parts did not have one) so that we could stop. And it was by God's grace that I was not the one who got into an accident that night.
Knowing God's grace,we, as Christians, should make every effort to be thankful for everything that we have because they are all gifts from God. We should not see things as our own, but as blessings given to us by God.
James 1:17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
Until next time,