Hide Your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities. – Psalm 51:9
I sin when I’m stressed. I get stressed when I try to rule the universe, and stop depending on Jesus.
On a visit to Washington D.C., I hauled the kids from pillar to post, stressing about our schedule and all we “had” to see. By evening we were all crabby. Especially me.
The next morning, we read Psalm 51. We confessed our sins and repented together. We asked God to help us learn to depend on Him in stressful situations.
Be careful what you pray for. You might get it!
First, my son locked us out of the bed and breakfast. Our hosts were gone for the day. Unbelievably, his shoelace got stuck under the securely locked front door! And the hosts’ phone numbers were inside the house.
Next up, we left our coats in the car and walked the streets in a downpour. We waited outside the White House for the tour I’d booked several months in advance, only to learn that this was the wrong line, and we’d missed the tour. We were turned away, soaking wet! Our day continued along the same lines.
Yet we enjoyed our day. Our trials seemed funny, not stressful. The difference was the presence of Jesus. We were responding to stress by turning to Him instead of pushing Him away.
“You do not desire sacrifice….The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, a broken and contrite heart. These, O God, You will not despise.” – Psalm 51:16-17.
We can stop pretending to be perfect, and let grace in. In a broken, contrite heart, God can produce the fruit of the Spirit: Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control. From first to last, we depend on Him for the grace and strength we need to parent.
When did you experienced God’s grace?