This week Aricca shares a grace-filled perspective on laundry piles and busy schedules.
Life is a mess!
I can’t help but sit here and think of all the lovely and beautiful things that God has put on my heart to share with you. But every time I sit down to write, I am overwhelmed by what a mess life is. And one thing that resounds for me is that need doesn’t happen on schedule. As a mom of four little ones, I am continuously overwhelmed by the grace of God. The grace to feel his merciful love in abundance – day in and day out. And while the laundry has increased, so has my ability to let it go. Need does not happen on schedule, folks.
A few weeks ago I was on retreat and listening to a lovely speaker who had just won her fight against breast cancer. This sister in Christ had many things to say about repentance and the beauty of it all. When listening to her speak, I sat there and thought about John 1:16 – “from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.” We already have everything we need to be everything that God is calling us to be or do.
What is God calling us to? Who are we called to be? If anyone is in Christ, we are called to be a new creation (2 Cor. 5:17). We are all called to repent and be transformed. We are not all called to a burning bush experience, though that would be amazing. Conversion is a constant purification. A constant transformation mind you. I would even go as far as to say that a conversion cannot take place without true transformation. By all means, transformation isn’t always easy or simple; but since we already have everything we need, it is possible. We must remember that this endeavor of conversion is not just our work. It is the movement of a “contrite heart,” drawn and moved by grace to respond to the merciful love of God (CCC #1428). We must struggle through, we must be transformed, we must be purified and renewed and converted. As Leslie pointed out last week, “Victories don’t come by accident.”
Let us pray.
Thank you, Lord, for Your gift of grace. I open my heart and life to You that I might be transformed into the creation You have called me to be. Amen.