I’m not talking about dealing with crazy drivers on the road, or the snippy person at the check out counter. I am referring to those times when someone really hurts you, like situations of betrayal, divorce, infidelity or abuse. When I think of times I have been really hurt, making peace is not the first thing that comes to mind. With each new instance that I experience, God is teaching me the art of grace walking.
What is grace walking, you ask?
Grace walking is the art of dying to yourself, taking up your cross and following the example of Christ. For me, it usually involves death by the hour, fumbling around to pick up my cross, and then running to catch up with Jesus. My flesh screams with complaints and finger pointing, while I hear the Spirit whisper in my heart to be still and know that Christ is Lord over all situations, even the painful ones.
When hurtful circumstances arise in our lives, and they will, our best footing is to give them straight over to Jesus. Lay them at his feet, and ask for his help in dealing with them in a way that glorifies him. Am I dying to my own agenda, desires, wishes or preferences every day? Am I always preferring others over myself? The honest answer is no. I’ve not arrived here at all. He is still working on me, and thankfully he hasn’t given up.
What I do know is this: As we draw close to God and gain a more intimate knowledge of Him, we will change from the inside out. We will be transformed by His grace, and able to live out the truth of His Word in our daily lives.
We will learn the art of grace walking.