When I see the above photo, I’m encouraged by the thought that grace awaits me.
Divine grace, as delivered through advantageous opportunities, day-to-day strength, unmerited blessings, the kindness and sacrifice of friends and strangers.
The day this photo was taken, we were doing a product photo shoot. A friend, Natalie, who happens to be a raw vegan chef, came to help (that’s her hand in the photo 🙂 ). She ended up adding so much creative direction to the shots, and pitched right in without a murmur or mis-step. At certain points, I stepped back and let her do her thing, confident in her eye and abilities. It felt good to do that. It felt good to release an important task to someone who was fully competent and willing. It felt good to rest.
The experience behind this photo is one repeated in our family life, vegan eats lifestyle and even business life to a degree, over and over. Resting in Divine grace is our chosen mode of being. It means we work hard, but never pridefully reject blessings that we have not worked for. It means we expect that our limits are for our benefit. It means that we are never overcome with anxiety, or paralyzed by comparison.
We choose to understand that “His grace is sufficient,” and “His strength is made perfect in weakness.”
God is love and the Giver of good and perfect gifts.
Because the good and perfect we seek is Divine, and we are the created, we will continue to rest in the grace that flows to us from God.
Are you anxious and striving in your vegan journey? Down on yourself because you slipped up or haven’t been consistent?
What are your barriers to rest? And how can you choose to surrender them today?