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God sees my ways and counts every step I take. (Job 31:4)
There is nothing random about God. There may be days when you feel like He’s forgotten about you. But regardless of how you feel, He hasn’t.
God doesn’t just check in on us occasionally, He’s an ever-present God who is intimately acquainted with us. He knows every hair on our heads and He counts every single step that we take.
I don’t know how many hairs are on my head, and even the two pedometers on my phone can’t seem to come up with the same number at the end of the day for how many steps I’ve taken! But God knows when a hair falls from your head and keeps a record of the steps you’ve taken. If this is true, if He’s keeping track of these insignificant things about your life, do you think that He will forget about anything important?
In the Indian community, we affectionately call men & women in our community “uncles” and “aunties”. There seems to be a huge disconnect between our two generations because of the VASTLY different cultures that we both grew up in. Indian and American cultures are completely different, so understandably, we get ourselves into misunderstandings pretty often. For example, although an aunty may think she’s doing me a favor by mentioning I gained a little weight so that I can work on shedding a few pounds, I spiral into a deep depression instead, and wonder how many social events I can skip to avoid seeing her until I look like a Skinny Mini version of myself. Or, (and this is my favorite), when we get phone calls from our parents when we’re with our friends, and they talk as loud as when they’re trying to reach their relatives in India on a bad phone connection? Little things like this may cause a rift between the older generation and younger ones, and sometimes it can last much longer than we expect it to.
In last week’s post, Grace Upon Grace | Part 1, we established that we’re all different. Every single one of us is unique in our own way. Not one of us has the same story. Not one of us has the same past, present, or future. So that being said, how can it be that people from all walks of life, all backgrounds and cultures, questionable or not, find themselves at the heart of a single story?
It’s clear we have nothing to do with it. So where does that leave us?
It leaves us at the foot of the Cross. It leaves us forever changed. It leaves us at the shore of the vast ocean before us that is GRACE.
For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.
If I were to ask you, “What is the purpose or meaning of life?” what would you tell me? I asked a couple of my friends that at work not too long ago and their responses were what you would normally expect. They told me what they had aimed to do with their life from the beginning was to get a good education so that they could get a good job which would hopefully turn into a great career so that they could ultimately make lots of money. My follow up question: “What would you do with all the money you made?” They thought it was ridiculous for me to ask a question like that, wondering why I was completely oblivious to the reason for making money. They went ahead and answered my question anyways with a response that you would also expect. They wanted to make money so they could have status, buy whatever they wanted, enjoy life, retire early, give a good inheritance to their family, etc. I wasn’t surprised at their response because they are unbelievers but the weird part is that sometimes we as believers have the same outlook on life. Continue reading
We have a hard time focusing.
You’ve probably already checked your phone 7 times just after reading the first sentence. If you’re anything like me, you check to see if you’ve gotten any emails. That’s immediately where your thumb goes after you slide to unlock. You tap the mail icon. You see that you have no new emails. You close out of the email. 10 minutes later you’re doing the same thing again. Really, no one is emailing you…
And if it’s not from our phones, it’s our computers; we are eagerly waiting to see the next little red notification pop up notifying us of who just liked our post. And in the car, we just cannot sit in silence. We are constantly taking in everything around us, whether it’s music, social media, books, friends, etc. We are all ADD. We can’t sit still. We can’t set our eyes on things above because there’s just way too many things here that are shiny and sparkly. It’s not that we don’t want to focus, there are just so many things that are competing for our attention. Who will win the prize of having our undivided attention?