“Chariots of Grace” All Around Us

   “Don’t be afraid!” Elisha told him (his servant). “For there are more on our side than on theirs!” Then Elisha prayed, “O LORD, open his eyes and let him see!” The LORD opened the young man’s eyes, and when he looked up, he saw that the hillside around Elisha was filled with horses and chariots of fire. 2 Kings 6:16-17

Heavenly Father, on some Monday’s we feel like Elisha’s servant—surrounded and overwhelmed. Hard storylines, difficult people, the devil’s lies, vocational pressures, aging parents, all-over-the-map kids—combined, they can feel like a small army coming against us.

As with Elisha’s servant, open our eyes to see your hand and heart all around us—heaven’s throne occupied, sovereignty happening, angels working, friends sitting in “chariots of grace.” Especially, let us see Jesus, for “greater the One who is in us than the one (and anything and the combination of all things) that is in the world” (1 Jn. 4:4).

Our vulnerability and weakness will give us a chance(s) to rely on you this week, “the God who raises the dead.” Though we’d rather be in control, hassle-free, and competent—many times when we have to cry “Uncle!” (“This is too much!”), we get to declare, “Abba!” (“You are SO good!) May this be one of those weeks, Father.

As we juggle our stuff and trust you, give us empathy, love, and grace for fellow “jugglers.” So very Amen we pray, in Jesus’ triumphant and tender name.