the miracle of grace
"The miracle of grace is no miracle to Love," my cousin reminded me as we were waiting backstage to perform in our high school dance production.
I was nervous. I was a freshman and this was the first time I had ever choreagraphed a full length piece that was now being performed in front of a crowd. But the familiar quote and the reminder that this performance was on God's shoulders, lifted a false sense of responsibility I had about the performance. It calmed my nervousness and reminded me that this performance is about God's grace. It was not about what I could personally achieve, nor a personal statement designed to gather praise about my up and coming skills as a dancer or choreagrapher. This performance was about joy and freedom of movement.
Grace has always seemed to be an evasive term. But I now saw it that it is an inherent quality that comes to the surface naturally to ease away nervousness. Grace is also the antidote to anger. Grace is the soothing and smoothing away of irritation. It quietly assures us that God is in control, and we can move forward in our day in the balance and confidence of divine Love's leading.
The performance that night went off without a hitch and it became the first of many performances. Whenever I am faced with a new project, a new direction in my life or a new oportunity, the lesson of grace learned that night is one I continually draw on! To have things resolve harmoniously, beautifully, graciously and joyfully is divinely natural. It is no miracle to God! And it is right and natural for us to experience God's grace.
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2/27/2012 05:18:27 am
this is lovely Kim...one of my favorite ways of thinking about God, is as my Choreographer...each step he designs for me has grace built right into them...I can't fail to be graceful with His choreography calling me forward. Thank you for sharing this...loving you, k.
2/28/2012 11:26:25 am
Wonderful idea --- to see God as our Choreagrapher!
Nancy L. Schulz
2/27/2012 04:39:20 pm
yes, very lovely. thank you Kim. I needed to be reminded of the naturalness, the ease of harmonious grace.
2/28/2012 11:27:32 am
isn't it heartening to know that grace comes with the package (the package we came in, that is!)
2/28/2012 03:45:13 am
I always had a lot of trouble getting my head around grace. I thought because I didn't dance, I didn't have it. I always felt a bit klutzy and admired those who could move with such confidence and poise. Then I came across a statement where Mary Baker Eddy described grace of God as "the effect of God understood." She put the word "understood" in italics. I was a Christian Science nurse at the time, and I saw the effects of God - in healing - expressed all around me. I felt I had a good grasp of how the healing was happening, too. It was the first time I felt the grace of God as mine - something I expressed. I had forgotten that experience til now. Thanks for this post and for all your wonderful posts, Kim.
2/28/2012 11:30:51 am
I had a friend who felt that same way....because she couldn't dance, she felt that grace was a little beyond her. But looking at grace spiritually, she suddenly saw that she was born with grace - goodness, peace, comfort -- all those qualities of God were hers.
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