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Growing in Grace

Dust from the departing vehicles was settling down and the clean up had begun. The facilitators disperse and search for props and equipment. I was returning to the equipment shed, hands so full that I could barely peer around the load I was carrying, when I spotted the large orange ball. I decided to kick the ball toward the shed. I kicked, the ball soared….and POP…it struck some thorns and burst. Part of me couldn’t help laughing at the ridiculousness of the situation, what are the chances? The other part of me felt like being kicked into the thorns too. But my boss didn’t react like a man who just lost equipment. He didn’t remind me of the trip he made, the time consuming ordering process, the tight budget or any of those things. He took it graciously, patiently. I reflected on that for a moment.  I return for another summer and must relearn some knots and techniques. I must be reminded of procedure changes periodically. I completely forget where some equipment is kept. Patience and grace. I began to realize one of the reasons I enjoy this job so much is that the boss is patient with slow learners. And in that way he reminds me of the Lord Jesus. How often have we ridiculed the disciples for not understanding the cross or who Christ is? Time and again He must remind them of who He is and His mission here. And yet the Lord never gets upset and never belittles them. He is patient with slow learners. As a result of this realization, I have stopped poking fun at the disciples and started admiring the patience of the Lord instead.  He is the best of masters. As I follow Him it reminds me that I must also be patient with others and “grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”

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