I cried the other day. It kinda caught me off guard. It came out of nowhere after another productive day of working from home, homeschooling, and family time, all meshed together since COVID-19 changed so much for so many. Discipline, focus, and love is a combination I find strength in; it keeps me moving forward, keeps me stable and steady. But today something reached a part of me that was aching to cry out.

It came about simply enough. I received an email response from a sweet friend at our church. As I read it, her message comforted my soul in places I didn’t know needed it. In fact, my soul was longing for it, and so I cried. My soul cried. I was shocked at this and wondered, where this was coming from? Why was I sad? The strange thing was though I wasn’t sad. I discovered those were tears that were a response to grace. A form of worship for a God who reflects and reveals Himself in all things and all ways, like the way He did in my dear friend’s words that afternoon.

Have you found grace that speaks to your soul during all this?

We are all experiencing a season of great interruption. However, what if it’s more like a season of great grace – interrupting grace. Could this interruption be an act of God’s grace? The kind that gets your attention, changes your perspective, and restores what is lost. God loves us so much that He will interrupt our lives and plans so that He can intervene will the fullness of His grace, truth, and power. What if what we saw as an interruption was truly His arms stretched out saying, “I have to stop you right there. Let’s pause. Let’s slow down. Let’s refocus.”

Maybe it’s a season of sustaining grace. The kind of grace that reminds us of who’s in control, the sustainer and author of our lives. The kind of grace that builds steadfastness, patience, and discipline in a time of trouble. Sustaining grace is enough to see us through to wherever the future is taking us. It provides stability in a time of uncertainty. Comfort in a time where the days drag on or it all seems to be too much.

I also believe we are surrounded by transforming grace. He loves us too much to allow us to stay the same. So what if He’s calling us to something higher? Christ cares more about the transformation of our hearts than the comfort of our day-today. Maybe you’ve asked yourself in a panic, “What are we going to do now?” Instead we can ask ourselves with confidence, knowing that God is in the transformation, “How does this change my life? How should my life look different?”

“From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.” John 1:16

I know this time of uncertainty may cause fear and a wide range of other emotions, but what if this Great Pause was a vehicle for grace? And why not? We are created in His image meant to do His work for His purpose, and if we are off track, we need redirection.

“Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” Matthew 6:26

This scripture reminds us of the grace given to his creation. If our God so deeply cares for His creation, how much more deeply will he care for us, His children? He will interrupt us to guide us in a new direction. He will sustain us. He will transform us. Open your heart; allow the grace to flow and overflow.

The song “His Eye is on the Sparrow” continues to play in my heart these days. I believe it’s perfect for what we need to remember as we journey through this Great Pause.

Why should I feel discouraged, why should the shadows come,
Why should my heart be lonely, and long for heaven and home,
When Jesus is my portion? My constant friend is He:
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.

I sing because I’m happy,
I sing because I’m free,
For His eye is on the sparrow,
And I know He watches me.

“Let not your heart be troubled,” His tender word I hear,
And resting on His goodness, I lose my doubts and fears;
Though by the path He leadeth, but one step I may see;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.

I sing because I’m happy,
I sing because I’m free,
For His eye is on the sparrow,
And I know He watches me.

Whenever I am tempted, whenever clouds arise,
When songs give place to sighing, when hope within me dies,
I draw the closer to Him, from care He sets me free;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.

I sing because I’m happy,
I sing because I’m free,
For His eye is on the sparrow,
And I know He watches me.

Lord, I pray our eyes will see the abundant grace surrounding us this day. That you, Jesus, will be our portion and constant friend. That through this season, we will choose interrupting grace over routine, sustaining grace over a need for “normalcy”, and transforming grace over life as we’ve known it for years. For if your eye is on the sparrow, how much more do you watch over and care of each of us, your children. Thank you for never leaving us. We love you. Amen.