I'll spare you the details. Yes, because the details look like a swollen face and dental office tears. I'll spare you those, because that isn't what greased my gears these past couple days. I haven't written because my head felt like a fire breathing dragon in a breath holding contest. Something like that, anyway. So, I didn't think my words would come out appropriately or coherently or worthy of my small readership (I really do think of you).
Do you want to know what has been marvelous about these past couple days? Autumn.
I think (in my more romantic moments) that Autumn is the heavenly concoction God cooked up to especially delight our senses. Just when we got used to deep green leaves and bright sunshine and bare shoulders, Creation shrugs into a different set of smells and sights and rhythms.
I love to think of God's delight as Christ holds the universe together (Hebrews 1:3). He doesn't just hold things as they are, though he could do that and it would still be miraculous. He holds things together and delights to play symphonies and paint tapestries and breathe seasons into reality.
Can you believe His great grace to us - that we get to watch as He traces His majesty into the sky and as He paints Autumn into the trees?
It is not easy to be sick in a new city. But His grace is like a gusty Autumn wind - it'll meet you in a surprise attack and leave you laughing.
His grace looked like my sister ordering soup from a thousand miles away. It looked like making stovetop apples and lentil stew with my roommate. It looked like an opera with an old friend. It looked like the understanding of my coworkers. It looked like new friends checking in and referring an amazing dentist. His grace looked like the crisp breeze under my chin and the taste of warmed peaches in my morning oatmeal.
Can God's grace be the taste of warmed peaches? Yes.
Yes, sometimes God's grace to us and the ways He keeps His promise to protect and provide is surprisingly simple.
Because caring for His creation is not complicated, to Him anyway. He knows what will delight my heart and what will sustain my spirit. He knows because He made me and He knows what it means for His grace to be uniquely enough for my situation.
Of course, the best sufficiency is always more of Christ Himself. But I'm going to be honest. It was hard to make my swollen face focus on anything philosophical. So, I am thankful that in those moments Christ was made known to me in these other ways.
And as we receive grace we fight to believe that God is good to keep giving it because He is a promise keeper.
And He has promised more grace.