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Topic: Satisfied (10/11/04)

TITLE: Not fearing God's grace
By Robert [Bob] Schaetzle Sr.


All too often we fear that which we do not understand. As a youngster growing with spastic paralysis from birth, I became victim to some abuse from my peers as a youth and others not knowing how to react. Not considering, how the world can look toward one with an imperfection as incomplete, or Ďsome thingí less than capable to function within our society. Yes, people will fear and react what they donít understand.
Yet, in our Lordís perspective Iíve learned to recognize and understand each of us are His special creation, for His honor and purpose, to glorify His Kingdom. That He made me just the way I am, as His intention. We affirm this by knowing the depth of His Grace. In Psalm 139:13-16 we read,
ĎFor thou didst form my inward parts, thou didst knit me together in my motherís womb. I praise thee, for thou art fearful and wonderful. Wonderful are thy works! Thou knowest me right well; my frame was not hidden from thee, when I was being made in secret, intricately wrought in the depths of the earth. Thy eyes beheld my unformed substance; in thy book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.í [RSV]

If we understand and accept this truth, to receive His gift of grace, then weíll begin to allow our fear to dissolve. This was truly accurate through my growing years. Learning to receive grace, and not return whatís not understood with anger or retribution.
Understanding the knowledge and love our Creator has for me began to grow and increase my confidence and faith by leaps and bounds. Laying His word up within my own heart was the secret of learning to surrender my will for His. John the Baptist said it best, ďThat I must decrease in order for Him to increase.Ē [John 3:30] That is to say, that as I learned to surrender my will and fears, His Spirit and love began to teach me the value of accepting others just as they are, and Ďloving my neighbor as myselfí. Not being fearful of what others might think of me. As a frail creature of our Lordís design, I began looking to the Cross to find the wisdom and grace that only He could give me. I began not fearing Godís grace as I would seek to love Him more. Human wisdom and reasoning can never equal the resource of Godís infinite love and grace. Letís not attempt to hinder the Creator at work, but seek His grace and find the riches of His wonderful love. Accepting who I am in Godís eyes gave me a head start to accepting others who might fear what they donít understand. Especially grace in His purpose for the way I am, or the way our Lord, in His special design brings another into His world to teach the love and grace only a loving God can give.

Member Comments
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Kathleen Shelton10/18/04
Excellent points and hits home. I have a daughter who is a blue-eyed albino & legally blind. She also has faced societys' fear. If you don't mind, I would like to pass this artice on to her.
Dori Knight10/19/04
excellent points, robert. i enjoyed your piece. blessings ~ dori
Glenda Lagerstedt10/19/04
Touching article.
Rita Garcia10/19/04
Bob, Great job! Enjoyed reading your article. Blessings, Rita
Dave Wagner10/20/04
I appreciate your openness and honesty. Your words are clear and strong. Thanks for posting.
Mary Elder-Criss10/23/04
Thank you for sharing from your heart. This piece touched me deeply.