There Will Be Grace

paper airplanes

I don’t like to fly.

When I do, I almost always wind up thinking of worst-case scenarios. What if I’m in the bathroom and the tail section breaks off? What would it feel like to be launched into the atmosphere? Would I pass out from the lack of oxygen at 30,000 feet? Would I suddenly wake up 30 feet above the ground and for the last 2 seconds of my life experience intense terror before the incredible pain of impact? If I die, what will happen to my wife and children? Who will provide for them? Who will teach my teenage boys about Christ and walk them through their teen years? Imagination is a gift from God, but on planes my imagination tends to go into overdrive.

We don’t have to fly to be tempted to fear. What if I never get married? What if I can’t find a job? What if my child gets a serious disease? What if my teenager continues to rebel? How will I make it when I retire?

After the Exodus, God provided manna for his people. He told them to gather each day’s amount and not store up any extra. They weren’t to worry about tomorrow’s manna, or next week’s manna, only that day’s.

In his book Running Scared, Ed Welch points out that for Christians, manna is a picture of grace. Like manna, God provides grace for each day. We don’t know what challenges we’ll face in 2 weeks or 2 years, but we know that whatever we encounter, there will be grace. We can’t get tomorrow’s grace ahead of time, but when we need it, God will provide.

Corrie Ten Boom used to say that when she was a child, her father would take her on train trips. While waiting, she’d ask her father for her ticket, but he’d say, “I’ll give you your ticket just before we get on.” And each time, when the train would arrive, he’d hand her her ticket just before boarding. Corrie’s point was that God gives us grace just when we need it. He gives us each day’s manna.

God helped me apply the manna principle the last couple times I had to fly. When tempted to fear, I was able to counter the temptation to fear by praying, then reminding myself, “No matter what happens, there will be grace. Should I be launched into the stratosphere, there will be grace. Should the plane crash, there will be grace. Should I die, there will be grace for my wife and children.” Amazingly, fear left me.

I’m seeking to apply these 4 words to every situation in which I’m tempted to fear. Be it finances or family, I’m attempting to regularly cast my cares on Jesus, then thank him that there will be grace.

May these 4 words, “there will be grace”, encourage you today.

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  • http://photosandquotes.blogspot.com/ YellerDaisies

    Once again your post was timely and just what I needed. Thank you!

  • Wendy

    Very timely for me as well. It was a helpful reminder that God will not allow us to be pushed beyond what we can handle, and he will be there to give us the grace to handle each situation we find ourselves in. Thank you.

  • http://adventinfaith.blogspot.com megan

    Thank you, this was a great way to start my morning, being reminded of God’s grace for today.
    I also loved the Corrie Ten Boom reference, she’s one of my favorite people.

  • Pat McCombie

    Thank you so much for this post Mark! It’s such a wonderful reminder to me because I struggle with fear quite often and need to meditate often on the scriptures concerning trusting God. I thank the Lord for his faithfulness and mercy and grace.

  • http://selah419.blogspot.com Diana Paisley

    This was timely post for me as well.
    As a young married person having recently lost my job, I am often nervous about the future, especially the near future. But I have taken comfort in knowing that God will provide exactly what we need exactly when we need it and not necessarily before. I dont know specifically how He will provide next week or next month, but I know He will.
    Thank you so much for this reminder.

  • http://www.theblazingcenter.com Mark Altrogge

    Yeller, Wendy, Megan, Pat, Diana,

    Thanks for your comments – I’m grateful the Lord would use this post to encourage you. I’d recommend Ed Welch’s book – he’s got lots of great stuff in it for combating fear.

  • beth

    hi dad…

    since i talked to you that one time…

    (oh you know, that once?)

    i've had that phrase in my mind and written on a sticky-note on my monitor at work as a reminder.

    thank you.

  • http://www.theblazingcenter.com Mark Altrogge

    Hey Bethi,

    If you’re the only one who was helped by that phrase, it would be worth it!