“Stretch yourself out in the hammock of grace. You can rest now!”
You know they never change. They grow from young mean girls to old mean girls. Having to deal with them brings you to the point of grace once more. Their meanness causes you to simmer in anger for days. You want to fight and you refuse to run. Then you try to take the high road, thinking you will earn a badge of honor from God. Soon your exhausted. Today Max Lacado gave me the image to get through it. “Stretch yourself out in the hammock of grace. You can rest now!”
Attempts at “self-salvation” guarantee nothing but exhaustion. We scamper and scurry, trying to please God, collecting merit badges and brownie points, scowling at anyone who questions our accomplishments. The result? The weariest people on earth. We so fear failure that we create the image of perfection. Call us the church of hound-dog faces and slumped shoulders. Stop it! Once and for all, enough of this frenzy!
Hebrews 13:9 says, “Your hearts should be strengthened by God’s grace, not by obeying rules.” In Matthew 11:28 Jesus promises, “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.”
There is no fine print. A second shoe isn’t going to drop. God’s promise has no hidden language. Let grace happen. You have His unending affection. Stretch yourself out in the hammock of grace. You can rest now!