From my chair a good 50 yards away I see it â€“ a bright red spot in the middle of the mess of algae along the shore of the lake.
They tell me they donâ€™t put chemicals in the lake anymore, so while the fish are coming back and the lake is actually healthier in many ways, the algae is taking over. A team of college students from Concordia College are here during the summer, pulling out the algae and hauling it away â€“ looks like this end needs a little attention again. Walking closer I see it is a bright red fishing floaty thing -- with apologies to my fishing friends who would know what this is! There it was, a spot of color, even beauty in the middle of the mess. It reminds me of how God shows up in the middle of my messes. When all that I can see is ugly, Grace appears.
One of my dear friends gave me the book, Grace Happens Here by Max Lucado, in which he calls grace unexpected and undeserved I created the above image to help me focus on the truth of GRACE and remind me to watch for it. Maybe GRACE is always unexpected. Lest I start to think I deserve it.
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