This is our front yard. It looks the same in winter, summer, spring and fall. It’s lovely (thanks to the company that keeps it looking good). Due to the underground sprinkler system common in Florida, it is always green. Due to our especially rainy rainy season this summer it was even greener and provided job security for the lawn company.
To help us remember the seasons change we use faux touches hoping we be part of autumn. They don’t change the fact palm trees do not have leaves that change colors nor do the black olive trees. The Bougainvillea still blooms its lovely colors of summer.
There are two thoughts converging in my mind now. One, we can’t judge something by the exterior though we do it again and again.
The other is no matter how we dress it up we are who we are.
The first is an area where I’ve excelled. Tattoos all over? Must be a thug. Piercings in areas that shouldn’t be pierced? Guess they don’t have high hopes for a decent job. Unkempt general appearance? Slothful, lazy, addict?
Yes, I’ve been quick to make that external judgement call. No, I’m not proud of that. At all. Yes, I hope it’s changing. I hope I’m changing. And it’s the addicts I work with that are helping that change, helping me not ration grace but realize there’s enough for everyone.
And that’s where the other one comes in. No matter how we dress up we are who we are. We are sinful misfits needing God’s grace to cover our rags and make them like new. He doesn’t care about the external. He doesn’t care if we’re in Salvation Army uniforms or lice ridden rags from living under a bridge. He Does Not Care ABOUT THAT. He cares about us.
Give me that heart Lord. Those eyes that don’t see the external but sees a soul a heart that needs grace. If I can share your grace then maybe they’ll see you. Not me but you. Always you because I am not the grace giver. I am merely sharing what you’ve given and continue to give me.
It always comes back to that: Amazing grace how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me.