2 Timothy 1:9: “For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan from before the beginning of time—to show us his grace through Christ Jesus.”

Holiness and grace go together like an old pair of shoes. Christ’s love covers all our wrong. Under His wings we can do no wrong. Under His grace we have room to fail. God’s grace gives us space.

In a particular movie scene of the 1998 movie “The Horse Whisperer” a horse trainer began training a severely traumatized horse. In a training session all of a sudden the cell phone of a bystander went off. The horse then totally lost it and broke away. The horse trainer decided to try another approach later. Meanwhile the horse stormed off into the wide open spaces of their Montana Ranch. They gave the horse space.

We too need space. God’s grace helps us back on our feet again after we’ve stumbled and fallen so we can get up and continue to grow, even though it’s sometimes two steps forward and one step back. Under God’s care we flourish and thrive. The bounty of spring we experience each year is a vivid reminder of that.

Be encouraged today to receive His love and rely on His grace.  God wants you to thrive – can you believe that?