The Grace Gift
An empty, two-lane farm road stretched in front of me. A perfect day and time to test how fast my little car would go. A teenager feeling my freedom, I put the pedal to the metal. Yep, stuck my foot on the gas and let my tiny engine whine and scream.
Freedom! I probably clocked in at seventy-five miles an hour (pretty good for such a small car). I was flying. And that’s when I saw him—the patrol car sitting on the side of the road.
I was caught. And I knew it had to be obvious.
The first opportunity to stop was a gravel road leading to a farmhouse. I pulled over and waited.
The patrol car stopped behind me. No lights, and no siren. The officer just sat in his car. A few minutes later he approached my open window. “Do you live here?”
I kept my hands on the wheel. “No sir.”
“You just pulled over?”
His face showed no emotion, his eyes hidden behind mirrored sunglasses. “What were you doing?”
I responded with a sheepish grin. “I was trying to see how fast my car would go.”
He didn’t move for a few minutes. Finally, he shook his head. “Don’t do it again.” And with that, he turned and walked away.
I deserved a ticket. I even admitted my crime. Though I was guilty, I was pardoned and given the gift of grace.
Two thousand years ago, a baby boy was born in Bethlehem. At His birth, the heavens rejoiced and earth found hope. For He wasn’t any ordinary boy. His name is Jesus, and He is the Son of God. He came to earth to sacrifice His life to redeem the lost and pardon the guilty.
Jesus offers the ultimate gifts each and every day—grace and mercy. All we must do is believe and receive.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him”
(John 3:16-17 NIV).
Lisa Buffaloe is writer, speaker, happily-married mom, and host for Living Joyfully Free Radio. Her past experiences—molestation by a baby-sitter, assault, rape by a doctor, divorce, being stalked, cancer, death of loved ones, seven surgeries, and eleven years of chronic illness from Lyme Disease—bless her with a backdrop to share about God’s unending love and that through Him we find healing, restoration, and renewal. She is the author of Prodigal Nights (2011 Women of Faith Writing Contest Finalist), Grace for the Char-Baked and a contributing author of The One Year Devotional of Joy and Laughter.
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Best of Conference for Adult Novel, 2007 North Texas Christian Writer’s Conference.