Thursday, October 11, 2012

Our Biggest Oops, Isn't Too Big For God!

Have you ever been going through the day and the word, "Oops" falls from your lips? It's almost as though it happens in slow motion.  I think there have been times in my life where, Oops, was an ever present situation. But, you know what? There isn't an, Oops, too big for God! He can take our greatest Oops and turn it into a spectacular blessing.

At the time we think our, Oops, is the end of the world. We wish we could take those words back that spewed out at our mother in law in a moment of hurting. Maybe have a do-over for those actions at the party last weekend. It's hard to see past some of those, Oops, isn't it? We think those misspoken words are too great for forgiveness. We have grand ideas of fixing the problem of our neighbor and soon enough, that fixing turns into one angry neighbor.

In our ,Oops, our words spill over into gossip. We say a little too much and then we can't take back those words that cut sharp as a knife. Maybe our ,Oops, is forgetting an important event of a friend. It might be letting our husband down as we have went over our budget for the week. Oops can be allowing ourselves to be put in a situation we could have easily avoided if we had only listened to the Lord's direction. Ever move ahead of Him? Yikes, I'm so guilty of this! Yes, He has had to nudge me out of His way a time or two or three or four.

In our ,Oops, we can be late for a date. Misplace an item of importance. Wash the white clothes with that bright red sweater by mistake.

Sometimes our good intentions just turn into an ,Oops, right before our eyes. We don't ever intend for an ,Oops, to happen. It just appears and then we feel stuck. We want to press that delete button as quick as we can. Delete..delete...delete, cannot come fast enough. Am I right?

Maybe a friend asks for advice and we end up giving the wrong words of guidance. We share our opinion and we end up over sharing. We can stop short and cause an accident just by not being focused on what's in front of us. An accident isn't intentional. It happens. Not always without thought, but sometimes our thoughts are just off balance. Sometimes we are just thinking too much. You know? We leave God out of the plan and we go into "Fix it mode". It's then, at that very moment, we limit God and all He can do.

So, what do we do with all those, Oops, that hit us on a daily basis? We give it to Jesus. It's grace that gets us through, friends. It's His sweet grace. We are not perfect in any way at all. We are going to make mistakes and those Oops are going to be present in our life. We just make ourselves accountable. We don't brush it off, but face it head on and say, "I'm sorry".

In having a humble heart and walking in God's grace we show our Lord to a world in search of perfection. A world desiring perfection. Friends, perfection can only be found in our Savior. When we make an, Oops, why not share with others instead of trying to play that perfection game? It's in our, Oops, that we learn a great deal and it's in those, Oops, that we simply find God's grace.

Are you striving for perfection today? It's okay, my friend. We need to learn to forgive ourselves. That is huge in finding forgiveness in Christ. It's in Christ that we find forgiveness and strength. We are an imperfect people and we must remember that in our daily journey. Life really is a journey. We are going to have those great moments where we know Christ is smiling. We too will have those moments where we know our Father is disappointed in our action. But friend, please remember, Christ is never disappointed in His child. In our journey to have a heart like Christ, we are covered by His grace, and what a sweet grace it is. You can find today, right in the middle of your, Oops.

Believe it or not, God understands.

"He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his son and forgave our sins. He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding. God has now revealed to us, a plan to fulfill his own good pleasure. and this is the plan: At the right time he will bring everything together under the authority of Christ-everything in heaven and on earth. Furthermore, because we are united with Christ, we have received an inheritance from God, for he chose us in advance, and he makes everything work out according to his plan." Ephesians 1:7-14


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