6 Glimpses of Grace for the Morning Commute
It can be easy to moan about the daily commute to work, especially in January. Yet God’s mercies are new every morning so why not consider how - even on the dark, cold daily grind - his grace is right there in front of us.
1. Don’t worry
God has said not to worry about food or clothing (Matthew 6:25-34). There’s plenty of other things we may be worrying about but if we’re making our way to work, we are normally clothed and fed. God has met our most basic needs and much more.
The commute isn’t just a means to an end; there is purpose to it. You’re heading somewhere to do something worthwhile, whether its administration, caring for others, cleaning a classroom, training for a new skill or building a bridge. God gives our work purpose each day.
3. Things work
Most of the time the towns and cities where we live - the sanitation, electricity and transport infrastructure - just work. Even when there are millions of us, God has made it so that our collective talents create a place and a culture to enjoy and benefit from. Some of your work today will contribute to this.
If it was just you going to work this morning what would happen? No doubt, the place we live in would start to fall apart. Give thanks for the people around you who are able to do things you can’t - treat patients with life saving medicine, drive buses or fix pipes.
The commute can be dull - the same predictable pattern every morning. Yet God’s constancy and the order he has given us is grace to us. Be thankful we’re not surrounded by unpredictable chaos.
6. God’s Grace
Maybe you’re feeling the limits of time - you’re later than planned. Or the limits of your own organisational skills as you left the house in a mess and forgot to pay that bill. Or maybe you’re all too aware of the real presence of sin in your life - like yesterday morning.
But take comfort. Our unlimited God meets us in our failings and limitations and says ‘my grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness’.
What better thing to do on your commute than to remember how loved you are in Christ?