Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Second chance.....


I saw the above question on a social media website this morning, and for reasons initially unknown it really touched me and got me thinking.
"Stacey, do you ever wish you had a second chance to meet someone again for the first time?" 
My initial thoughts were about people...my husband-the first time we ever met was in HMV on Bond Street in London...a random encounter that 16 years later sees us married with five hobbits children and living a manic nice little life together....my friends-various different stories of connecting over joint hobbies, having children the same or similar ages, school events, church ministries and so on...my parents-I can't recall our first meeting...they hopefully can! A parent, child relationship that has seen us share tears and laughter over the decades....my children-I can definitely remember meeting each of them for the first time- of course I had scans in my pregnancies and got to see their alien developing features-but NOTHING beats actually physically meeting and holding, smelling, cuddling you baby for that very first time. Yes, in some of these cases, I do sometimes wish I could experience that first encounter all over again. Why? Well because life sometimes sucks the excitement and wonder out of relationships. Not that you stop loving, or liking someone necessarily, but dynamics in relationships change over the years....routine sets in, schedules clash, people move on, people don't move on... but you do, seasons come...seasons go....Except for one!
There's another being I've had the pleasure of meeting for the first time, and that is Jesus.
Unlike my earthly relationships and first meetings, this wasn't at school, in HMV, a delivery suite or church. This was sitting on the edge of Roberts sofa when I was 16 years of age. Feeling vulnerable, scared, abused and lost by circumstances that I now know weren't my fault, this gorgeous young guy who liked me and cared for me, led me in prayer to have my first meeting with Jesus. It was emotional, it was peaceful, it was....perfect.
I think the reason I felt emotional when reading the above "quote/question" was because I knew straight away that I've been so blessed to have had many second chances in my life, especially my Christian life. So many times I've messed up, so many times I've slipped up, so many times I've wanted to give up and run and hide behind a very big tree! There's only one thing that's brought me through these times....continues to bring me through these times, and that's the love of God...that knowing that despite first accepting Him into my heart at 16, He already had a hold of me...He'd already had His first meeting with me, long before I knew it....and that today....I have a second chance with Him over and over again. 

Just last Sunday at a worship event, I sobbed my way through 3 hours of songs...and felt a renewed connection in my heart and spirit. Another second chance at "first meeting" with my loving saviour.

Maybe today, this question: Do you ever wish you had a second chance to meet someone again for the first time? - stirs up emotions in your heart. Perhaps you feel like you've continually messed up and "blown it?" I'd love to encourage you, that like me, you haven't. No big fireworks, no grand gesture from normal, old me...just two simple words....YOU HAVEN'T! In Gods Kingdom, when our hearts fully seek Him, there are many second chances...it's called Grace... Grace:the free and unmerited favour of God shown towards man! I'm so thankful for it, I'm so thankful for Him...the only One I get to encounter, sometimes in a refreshingly new...meeting or atleast understanding for the first time....kind of way. It makes this life so much sweeter!

Be Blessed :-)

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