On Tuesday, November 18, 2014, social media will be exploding with uplifting stories of people who are embracing the “grace of yes”! The Grace of Yes Day is inspired by Lisa Hendey’s latest book, The Grace of Yes, which offers a guide through eight virtues that can help anyone to say “yes” to God.
Just one of Melanie’s stories about saying “yes” to God
I have said “yes” to God hundreds, maybe thousands of times
Each time going deeper
Deeper into surrender
Deeper into trust
And I am looking at another thousand surrenders, a thousand more times I will let go and say “yes”
One “yes” was especially difficult
The yes of surrendering my family to God
I stood on the hub of a wagon wheel with my large family balanced on the rim. I crouched on the hub, frantically turning this way and that, grabbing all the broken spokes, desperate to hold the crumbling structure together.
God was telling me to let go
But I was frozen in fear, afraid that if I let go, my entire family to tumble down into the abyss.
I was trapped.
Yet, I realized that once again, my tension, my control acted like a wall, shutting out all life. My sincere concern and earnest self-sacrifice actually magnified everyone’s brokenness, by freezing everyone and everything.
Then a friend helped me realize…I was trying to save everybody
I was acting like God
Stealing God’s job
Well when I heard it put that way…I was shocked
Shocked by my arrogance
Shocked that while I considered myself a committed Christian
I really was a heathen at my core
I was shocked enough to say “YES” to God one more time
And experienced so much joy,
I wondered what took me so long.
2 thoughts on “The Grace of Yes Day: Melanie’s “Yes” to God”
This is a cool idea. So many times we need to say yes while in the dark, trembling and trusting. It is often only afterwards that we see God’s Providence in a difficult situation, how closely He was holding us, and all the beauty He brought out of it. “Fiat voluntas tua!” or ‘let it be done according to Thy will’, is such a powerful prayer.
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well said..you just filled in the gaps of my narrative perfectly. I am always trembling in the dark but the moment I say yes, the Sonshine beams down and all I feared vanishes
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