I’ve been noticing lately the marks people leave behind. I’m speaking about the small, every day ones. Little marks that proclaim “I was here’.
Each day I arrive at my favorite beach for a walk. Everywhere my eyes are drawn to signs that people were here. First, the tall driftwood spears sticking prominently out of the horizon – clearly placed by someone with a strong back and a vision for a vertical driftwood forest. Then, I notice the striking array of driftwood dwellings – signs of small architectural genius combined with a spark of creativity.
As I trek toward the lapping waves at the ocean’s edge, I begin to make my own marks – footprints – in the soft, wet sand. Distinct imprints marking each step I tread.
I keep my eyes peeled for words etched anywhere along my beach walk. I’m attracted to signature marks – people who’ve felt passionate enough to carve words into nature’s trunks – what treasure will this message hold? I, too, often take a stick and carve something in the sand. I can’t help myself – I’m pleased with the simple heart or the “X” I make – something to mark the spot and memorialize the moment.
There are so many places where we leave a mark. Social media brings its own brand of marks, the most common being the small round thumb’s up sign – the new universal LIKE button. Emojis, too, allow us to make a mark – some small statement – our response to a myriad of life’s stuff.
I wonder if God leaves marks – small imprints of His presence in my life that all can see?
I think the signs are there – marking His presence – reminding me of His ways. God marks my world in the oddest of places – on my heart.
After time with God my heart is somehow softer, more malleable. Gentled and more responsive – more willing to give.
Open to life – open to others – open to grace.
I’d like to call God’s marks – ‘grace markings’.
They are signposts of time spent in God’s presence – the sugar coatings that the sweetness that God’s love and truth brings.
Time spent with God has an effect – it leaves its mark – grace!
• grace lightens the load
• grace softens the blow
• grace sweetens the moment
• grace forgives the offense
• grace offers second chances
I wonder if I leave any noticeable ‘grace marks’ on my world?
Do I leave behind
- marks of judgment and perfectionism
- or the sweet icing of forgiveness and acceptance?
Grace means ready favor.
Do I offer ‘ready favor’ – grace marks – to those in my midst?
“Your grace to me was not without effect…” I Cor 15:10
**Lord, Make Your grace real to me; let Your grace have its full effect. May I reflect traces of grace – Your ready favor – to those in my midst.