Such a simple word. Yet so powerful. Heard on the lips of most Christians. Used when exchanging pleasantries. Its meaning is belittled to its barest minimum such that its meaning does not imply anything anymore. If only people knew what it is they are taking for granted…
We go to bed at night and we expect to wake up the next morning as if it is our right. Then we hear on the news that someone did not survive the night and after seconds of bereavement, we move on with our lives without thinking for a second that that person could have been us.
We use the road back and forth and return home safely each day and we see it as normal. People perish on the same roads each day and we ignore the fact that we were kept safe for some reason or the other.
And there are the ones who receive the ultimate bad news from the doctor despite months and perhaps years of regular checkup when we hardly visit the hospital to the extent that even if we need to, we wouldn’t know which counters to stop by to see the doctor. Maybe because we play it safe thinking that our organs are lubricating and maintaining themselves by some in-built automated system.
We are alive this day because of grace-that special favor God shows us not because we merit it by our good deeds but because He is the giver of grace. The truth is, some people who are way better than us in deeds and character have already exited this world and we are still here. We are not better than them-it is because we are privileged to be found under grace’s radar. People perish by the least and seemingly harmless things but we are alive and we are fine by God’s grace.
So next time you say you are fine by God’s grace, don’t let the words slip out like any other but take time to appreciate the grace God has bestowed on you as you say them. I am alive and well by God’s grace, how are you?