In all humility, I am asking each person who reads this to send it to their friends. When I sat down to write today’s blog, I intended to write something totally different. But this is what came out. I typed, but I do not think that I am the author of this. I think that it is special.

In yesterday’s Gospel (Matthew 6:19-23), we are cautioned to “…not layup treasures on earth”. It goes on to say, “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also”. St. Paul continues this theme in today’s Epistle (2 Corinthians 12:1-10), when he speaks of what he has received and the problems he still has. “Three times I besought the Lord about this, that it should leave me (‘the thorn in his flesh’); but he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’“

What we are being told, time and time again, is to not worry about death, illness, familial problems, our personal failures. Don’t be concerned about money, or the lack of it. Don’t react to problems, but rather accept them. This sounds rather strange, doesn’t it? Accept our problems? Don’t worry about someone being sick? All the negatives that we experience, that we fear, they are to be embraced? This almost sounds ludicrous. Wait a minute, it must be ludicrous!! Who on earth can possibly embrace that which is harmful, hurtful, worrisome, even seemingly impossible? No one can. We are human beings…not God!!??!!

The Lord tells us, “…My grace is sufficient for you”. We, as human beings, do not, will not, cannot believe Him. So we seek to find a remedy for ourselves. We try to extricate ourselves from these problems. People, we are like rats in a maze. We run around trying to find a solution that will get us out of the mess that we are in. We try solutions that we tried before, but we still try them again. We accept encouragement from others. We get advice from anyone that will listen to our problems. We try the same solutions, again and again. We become discouraged. We begin to waiver. And finally, we fall away from God, blaming Him for the mess that we have made.

Isn’t this so very sad? We blame God, who all along is telling us what to do. “My grace is sufficient for you”. These words hold the key to our own happiness, our own freedom. But we ignore these words. We don’t really want to give up those pleasures. We really do want more financial security. We think that people, and the friendship they offer, is all that we really need….Back to the maze…trying the same old, same old.

You ask, “Ok, then, what is, this grace? And how or why will it be sufficient for me?” His love, His spirit, His embrace, grace can be defined in so many ways. But all of these bring us to the realization that God is forever beside us. He cares. He really does care about each one of us. And if He does care, then why would a loving, caring God allow us to be harmed?

Maybe we should take a good look at the things that we fear, that we are running from, that are turning us around and around. Fear? Worry? Suffering? Even, Death? All of these are imbedded in our brains as something that will hurt us and upset our desired apple cart. How does He finish the statement? ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made PERFECT in weakness.’

Throughout our entire life, we have been running and searching for this elusive happiness, a happiness that will make all things right, make all things PERFECT. His hand has been outstretched to us, every one of us. We have ignored that hand. We have tried everything that we felt would make our lives bearable. In all of that running we have ignored His outstretched hand. His embrace is what we so desperately desire. And yet, we run from it. That doesn’t make any sense. Think about it. It doesn’t make sense that we are running from Him. We run, because we don’t believe or don’t trust Him. He waits for us to run to Him, to accept Him, to embrace Him. And still…, He waits.

The 5 Posts directly below, blend with this theme. They continue the thought. Thanks for coming:

1) What’s Your Addiction
2) The Secret
3) Our Strength
4) To You, My Friend
5) He Is Risen