It was 6:00am and the phone was RINGING!!! (Are you KIDDING me?)
I was on a tour of eight cities in eight days. After a 5+ hour coast to coast flight, I was looking forward to a good night’s SLEEP at the last hotel.
The night before, I had called the front desk and SPECIFICALLY requested a 7:15 wake up call.
So naturally, when the phone rang at SIX, I assumed the clock in my room must be WRONG.
To Error is Human
When the voice CONFIRMED that my 6:00am wakeup call had been delivered, I was ready to yank the phone out of the wall and STRANGLE that automated woman!!!
I fumbled around to find the “0” on the telephone and eventually reached a HUMAN at the front desk.
I explained that there had been a mistake, and would she PLEASE just give me a call back at 7:15?
“Why?” She asked. “Aren’t you ALREADY up?”
I Had My Reasons
Have you ever lost your cool for all the RIGHT reasons?
HONESTLY, I was still half asleep, a bit jet-lagged and in my sixth city in six days!
I REALLY just wanted to sleep a bit longer so I could muster enough ‘HOLINESS’ to be a good conference speaker!
Surely anyone who knew my story would be TOTALLY on my side!
That is…anyone except GOD!
Grace for All
Here’s where I trip up and have to be reminded about GRACE.
Jesus wasn’t crucified just so I could have ALL the grace I need when I mess up.
He died so that EVERYONE could receive His grace, no matter WHO and no matter WHAT!
Grace Kicks In
Even for this woman who:
•WOKE me up!
•Wouldn’t let me go BACK to sleep!
•ARGUED with me!
•Refused to set ANOTHER wake up call!
I’m sure she didn’t PLAN to aggravate the traveling pastor in room 967. She just didn’t understand.
I guess it was EARLY in the morning for her, too. 🙂
Wait…I think I just felt GRACE for this situation FINALLY kick in!
He Expects More
So even though I didn’t lose my TEMPER, I really didn’t show her any grace, either.
She is God’s daughter, His PRECIOUS child!
He EXPECTS me to show grace to her, just as He has shown to ME.
Wow! Maybe that’s the REAL wakeup call.
Have you ever extended grace to someone when you felt justified in being crabby?
Have you ever received grace after you really messed up?
Did one feel any better than the other?