I was reading an article about Michelle Payne, the jockey from the biopic movie, Ride Like a Girl, and I was surprised to read how challenging her life was. Her mother was killed when Michelle was a baby, leaving 10 children motherless. Another sibling died not long after birth and her sister also died after falling from off a horse; and the challenge of her brother’s Down Syndrome diagnosis. How she and her family overcame such adversity is really remarkable and I’m not surprised that a movie has been about her.
I was thinking about her father and thought that I wouldn’t have been able to cope.
But I recalled something I’ve read - God gives us graces enough for now. Not for tomorrow, next week, or even for 5 minutes time. Just enough for this very moment.
I think we look at our challenges as a whole and find this overwhelming. Do you know someone that finds it hard to face school, work or just cope with day to day life? Someone struggling with anxiety or depression may find simple tasks in life a challenge. But almost always, they do it, don’t they? They just cope despite the struggle and pain. That’s God’s grace giving them what they need for that moment. Not for the next day or for a weeks time.
And not by necessarily just taking it all away either. I’ve been guilty of expecting the big sudden change, and wondered at times where God was. He was always there, giving me the strength to move forward, literally minute by minute. Not making it painless but giving me ability to walk on despite pain.
God is not past nor future. He is always now. Meeting us in our need, NOW. Our loss of peace now, is not so much our challenge or adversity, it is our preoccupation with ourselves in this challenge, and our lack of acceptance of ourselves. We fight it...why me, this is not me, I can’t do this...instead of surrendering to God now, and trusting in His grace to get us through the next moment.
And His grace is sufficient for now only. Sometimes He gives us just enough to get us moving, not a whole lot extra. But when we need a whole lot extra, that will come then too.
Find peace in not seeing or knowing too far ahead. Find peace in being blindly lead 🌺