This morning as I walked around the high school, the students were in the process of changing classes. I passed 4 boys in black t-shirts using every expletive in their vocabulary to discuss what they would be wearing for Halloween this year. A few moments later I passed 2 students behind a bush opposite the high school, smoking cigarettes. As I crossed the intersection, a teacher strode by me in her high school logo t-shirt, growling into her walkie-talkie. In front of the school a teacher near a gate said, “Hello!” and I observed 3 police cars around the school property. I drove by the school a little while later as a fire drill was underway, so perhaps the police were on-call for the drill.
As I walked around the school, the song “Grace for the Moment” by Buddy Greene kept running through my head:
Grace for the moment, all that I need
Grace for the moment and faith to receive
The promises given to those who believe
Grace for the moment, all that I need.
When I fret over outcomes that I cannot see
It’s for certain I’ll not have the peace meant for me
But when with thanksgiving I just look to Him
He will answer me time and again with…
If I understand faith, it’s not counting on me
It’s the hope and assurance of what I can’t see
It’s the daily relying on Jesus to be
Providing more grace faithfully
Further proving His great love for me with…
It’s a beautiful song with a beautiful message. The Lord’s prayer asks, “Give us this day our daily bread…” (Matthew 6:9-13). When Elijah went to live with the Widow of Zarephath, the Lord provided food every day (1 Kings 17:7-16). When the Israelites were in the desert, the Lord provided manna six days a week (Exodus 16) until they ate the food of the Promised Land (Joshua 5:12). As I walk and pray for our high school students and ministry, it’s hard not to worry about the future. But God gives us just enough grace for the moment, just enough bread or manna for today. We can have peace, hope, and assurance if we believe His promises. We need to come to Him, and rely on Him daily to provide for our needs.
(On a side note, I met Buddy Greene in person more than once, and my father had him play at our church retreat when we were kids. We listened to his music often in the car, so meeting him was as close as we came to a celebrity as kids. He is best-known for co-writing the song “Mary, Did You Know?” with Mark Lowry.)