There Will Be Grace

paper airplanes

I don’t like to fly.

When I do, I almost always wind up thinking of worst-case scenarios. What if I’m in the bathroom and the tail section breaks off? What would it feel like to be launched into the atmosphere? Would I pass out from the lack of oxygen at 30,000 feet? Would I suddenly wake up 30 feet above the ground and for the last 2 seconds of my life experience intense terror before the incredible pain of impact? If I die, what will happen to my wife and children? Who will provide for them? Who will teach my teenage boys about Christ and walk them through their teen years? Imagination is a gift from God, but on planes my imagination tends to go into overdrive.

We don’t have to fly to be tempted to fear. What if I never get married? What if I can’t find a job? What if my child gets a serious disease? What if my teenager continues to rebel? How will I make it when I retire?

After the Exodus, God provided manna for his people. He told them to gather each day’s amount and not store up any extra. They weren’t to worry about tomorrow’s manna, or next week’s manna, only that day’s.

In his book Running Scared, Ed Welch points out that for Christians, manna is a picture of grace. Like manna, God provides grace for each day. We don’t know what challenges we’ll face in 2 weeks or 2 years, but we know that whatever we encounter, there will be grace. We can’t get tomorrow’s grace ahead of time, but when we need it, God will provide.

Corrie Ten Boom used to say that when she was a child, her father would take her on train trips. While waiting, she’d ask her father for her ticket, but he’d say, “I’ll give you your ticket just before we get on.” And each time, when the train would arrive, he’d hand her her ticket just before boarding. Corrie’s point was that God gives us grace just when we need it. He gives us each day’s manna.

God helped me apply the manna principle the last couple times I had to fly. When tempted to fear, I was able to counter the temptation to fear by praying, then reminding myself, “No matter what happens, there will be grace. Should I be launched into the stratosphere, there will be grace. Should the plane crash, there will be grace. Should I die, there will be grace for my wife and children.” Amazingly, fear left me.

I’m seeking to apply these 4 words to every situation in which I’m tempted to fear. Be it finances or family, I’m attempting to regularly cast my cares on Jesus, then thank him that there will be grace.

May these 4 words, “there will be grace”, encourage you today.

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Mark Altrogge

I’m a pastor at Saving Grace Church in Indiana, PA. I’m married to Kristi, have 5 kids, and a growing number of grandkids. I enjoy songwriting, oil painting and coffee, not necessarily in that order.