It is a story of Grace.
Last week Angela and I were sorting through some boxes that had been in storage since we moved into our present home, in 2004. Upon opening a box of books packed by our daughter I discovered a library book I thought I’d returned in 2003. When I saw the book I distinctly remember the conversation I’d had with the Liberian fifteen years ago, assuring her that I had indeed returned the book and it must have been lost in the system. Not!
Today I returned the book.
Had I received “justice”, getting what I deserve, the .25 a day fine would have equalled $1368.75. I was hoping for “mercy”, getting less than I deserved, maybe a fine equal to the price of the book. Instead, they extended “grace” to me and I got what I didn’t deserve.
They were pleased, told me there was no longer a record of the book in their system and assured me there would be no fine to pay. They were just happy to have their book back.
And while it was just a book it is a great example of how God’s grace works in our lives, and in the same way, it all begins when we acknowledge that we need that grace.
Have a great week and remember: To see what is really possible, you will have to attempt the impossible.