“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life…” Psalm 23:6a
If goodness and mercy follow me then what goes before me? On those days when goodness is dismissed and mercy is clouded by the mess of life, grace goes before me. “Grace and truth came through Jesus Christ (John 1:17b)…through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand… (Romans 5:2).” Before goodness is poured out on me, grace fills my cup to overflowing. Before mercy rises with the sun, grace moves the darkness from the sky.
You were there when things happened. Events that were awkward, uncomfortable, painful, tragic, and until now, inexpressible. But, what once was confounding now defines my thoughts and deepens my character. Every moment was clothed in grace and shrouded in your sovereignty. Those things, those events are a part of me, as determined by you. Some thoughts play out like a reenactment, others are like a cluttered closet full of unopened boxes and crowded corners, and still with others I can only sense the mood. In time, it will all be beautiful. And in the process, this sanctification feeds my longing for eternity and the day when grace and goodness converge and Jesus is no longer crowded out by unmet needs, victim frailty, and misguided wants.
Until then, I hope.