Gifts of Grace

We went to Mexico a couple of weeks ago with the whole family. My parents arrived a day before us, which gave them time to explore the resort. Upon our arrival, they told us was they had arranged for us to have an extra day of the all-inclusive. Later that day, they informed us they pre-purchased 90-minute massages for the adults. In addition, the kids were going to swim with dolphins later that week. Every time I turned around, my mom had something new for the kids from beach vendors—gift upon gift upon gift.

I woke up that first morning praising God for his goodness. As I sat on a rock with my feet in the sand, watching the waves continually roll in, I understood the message He was sending me. My parents lavishing these gifts upon us is how God pours out His grace upon me. I don't deserve any of the things He gives, but it brings Him great joy to shower me with it all.

Which brings me to the next question for God, "how could you send your son to the cross?" At first glance, this doesn't make sense in the story's context about gifts from above but bear with me.

I've seen it written that GRACE stands for God's Riches At Christ's Expense. Life itself is a wonderful present, and eternal life is more than a gift; it's an inheritance. God loves to shower his children with good things. We may not see them as good at first. Still, He is ready to shower us with them, whether it's kindness from a stranger, unexpected money, a delicious strawberry from the garden, or maybe even the late-blooming lilac bush outside the kitchen window.

Those small ways that God shows me points to His love on the cross. An unexpected, undeserved gift of mercy so that I might have the opportunity to enjoy Him in this life and the next.

As a parent, you would do anything for your children. As a parent, you would spare your children from anything that might harm them...unless you knew that the end result would be better for them. And God, being the ultimate Father, knew the end result of sending Jesus to the cross would be the best gift in the entire world for the entire world.

So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him. Matthew 7:11

So the next time you receive an unexpected gift from a friend, spouse, or parent, reflect on how much more you are loved by the God of the universe! What a beautiful thought.

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” James 1:17

  1. Find one thing you delight in around your house. 
  2. Find one thing you delight in outside. 
  3. Thank God for at least one of your favorite things about Him.


JL McCarthy

June 29, 2021