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Pressing Rewind

"Your wife is on line one," came the intercom about 3:30 yesterday afternoon.

Excited to get a call from my wife, I jerked the receiver, "Hey Sweetheart, how’s your day going? Can you believe it’s snowing?"

"It’s beautiful, but where’s my ice scraper? I thought it was in the car, but it’s not."

"Uh…I thought that’s where it was too. Maybe it’s in my truck. I’m not sure."

The conversation was short and ended in a polite, loving way, but I was baffled about where that sorry ice scraper was and why it was such a big deal when the ice wasn’t even sticking in the first place. We get ice maybe once or twice a year in Texas, so keeping up with an ice scraper has never crossed my mind.

Later that evening, my wife confessed, "You know, my dad always made sure my ice scraper was in the car, and I never got the chance to thank him for how well he took care of me." I realized that it wasn’t that she was really disappointed in me for not making sure she had an ice scraper in her car. She was mostly disappointed because she couldn’t press rewind, give her dad a hug, and tell him "thank you" before he died last year. The ability to press rewind and say "thank you" is a gracious gift from God, yet its value is rarely understood until it is snatched from us.

In our spiritual life, it is also a good idea to press rewind and thank our Father for his incredible grace which He has shown to us in his beloved Son. That grace changes us completely. Like the sunrise which proclaims the dawn of a new day, this grace calls us to confidently embrace our fresh new identity in Christ.

Andy Knight

About the Author

Andy is the user interface designer for YouVersion, the Bible App. He has a passion for sharing God's story of grace and freedom through the internet. Andy lives in Roswell, GA, with his wife and three sons. You can follow him on Twitter at @andyknight.