Acts 11:23- When he arrived and saw what the grace of God had done, he was glad and encouraged them all to remain true to the Lord with all their hearts (NIV).
Only God could think up a fruit-producing evergreen-type tree that produces a plum-shaped fruit that forms a type of candy, which harbours a lacy red aril, which covers an egg-shaped seed, which holds a valuable nut that spices up the world!
That valuable nut is known as nutmeg and its aril covering is mace. The broken bits of dried mace are blades. This funny little thing so reminds me of the grace of God.
You must admit that any one of us, making the poor choices that we do, occasionally should be labelled nutty. Our shell is hard to penetrate, especially when we don’t care to be better than we are. Yet all around us, gently cradling us, loving us and waiting for a positive response……..is our Mace, the grace of God, with the blades of his Word ready to speak at just the right moment.
Hebrews 4:12- For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart (NIV).
Prayer-Lord, please pour a ton of Mace Grace onto our hard, ‘nutmeggy’ hearts. Amen
Brenda J Wood