“So that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus…” (Ephesians 2:7)
God is patient and graceful enough to let us fail and learn from our mistakes.
Historically, God has allowed the body of Christ/the church to make mistakes and to misrepresent Him in painful ways.
He gives us the space within our own lives to make mistakes and learn from those.
I loved Nadia Bolz-Weber’s tweet yesterday: The Church of Jesus Christ has survived papal corruption, the crusades, sectarianism, and clown ministry. It will survive us too. #grace
God carries an un-anxious presence with us, though we are rarely able to carry that for each other. We culturally have a hard time sitting with people in what they are currently experiencing. If it is a hard time, we want to push them through it. If they have just gone through a huge life event, we ask about what’s next.
But God, in his infinite wisdom lets us be as we are. He lets our growth be slow and sometimes painful. He risks his reputation on us.
Jesus was known to heal and change people’s lives in an instant. Yet, often he doesn’t.
It reminds me of how when my kids were learning to walk, and would fall we didn’t chastise them. We celebrated steps, and picked them up from falls. We knew that in time they would grow to walk and run, but the process was as important as the end result.
I am grateful God is a gracious, loving presence, with a humble, loving stance towards us.
As I look back over world history or my life, my loved ones lives, and the history of humanity, I see the “immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness towards us in Christ Jesus” all over us.