Receive Grace in the Quiet Place
Why does Monday seem like the day to regroup after the weekend, when Sunday is supposed to be a Sabbath rest? For some of us, Sunday is a day of ministry in which we are giving out. We’re not able to just sit back and rest. For us, it is vital to have places and times of rest.
This Idaho map marks one of my favorite “resting” spots of all the places I’ve been around the world. In the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness I know a place nestled along the river and hidden among the mountains and trees where deep rest can happen for me. There are only two ways to get there. Either fly in or take a five-hour jet boat from Riggins down the river. I’ve never done the long boat route, but the scenery along the flight offers rare beauty of the back country.
Matthew 6:6 (Message) says: “Find a quiet, secluded place so you won’t be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense his grace.” Not everyone can get away to a place as secluded as the Idaho Wilderness. I only get there once a year. This scripture reminds us, invites us, into a quiet place of grace. It might be your back porch, a corner of your room or your kitchen table. Make it your “grace place.” Allow yourself the luxury of quiet moments before God, where He can lavish you with his grace.
When we live out of a place of grace, we relate more freely, more authentically, with others. The only safe place for me to let down my guard with others is under the covering of God’s great grace.
Let’s start from there, Cindy Kai
God of grace, you send me running back to you for rest and renewal. In our secret place, you strip me from all pretense and insecurity. You cleanse my heart and reestablish our love relationship again and again. Allow your grace to wash over me and through me so completely that I might become a carrier of your grace to others.