I have recently
returned from a long-anticipated time of renewal in
Mexico. One day, as I walked the beautiful
beach, I was approached by a peddler,
trying to sell the tourists his wares. Of
course, this peddler appeared no different than the
others I had encountered.
See, the peddlers
were everywhere-trying to sell me sunglasses to
replace the ones on my face; shoes, despite the fact
I carried sandals in my hands; hats, although a cap
already rested on my head. My response was
always the same: "No, thank you. I really don't want
But on this day,
midway through my time of respite, a peddler
approached trying to sell me a silver necklace.
Undefeated by my statement of "no thanks", this
peddler persisted. Again, I replied "no".
But still he persisted, this time following me down
the beach. I grew frustrated. This guy
was disturbing my peace as I quipped, "No, I
really don't want it!" His response:
"C'mon, Lady. You don't even know how much it costs.
It's FREE! Don't you want to buy it?
I've laughed about
that encounter for several days. And now, as I
prepare for Lenten season, this story has taken on
new meaning for me. How many times have I
failed to accept God's grace in my life, whether by
holding a grudge or feeling contented with the
things I have accumulated or believing that the
successes in my life are a result of my own
tightly-held control? Sometimes I'm so good at
keeping my life just the way it is, that I turn away
from what God is offering me. Grace, love,
peace - FREE! C'mon, Lady. Don't
you want the grace I offer you? It's FREE!
Thank goodness God is persistent!!
Blessings and peace
to you as you journey.
Yours in Christ,