When I moved to Atlanta, one of my new friends invited John and I to meet-up with their friends at a person’s house for a little party, meet and greet. They sent us an invitation, told us meet them on Tuesday at 7pm at a certain address: in which we would be meeting in the basement, where it was designed to look like a 50’s diner. Sounds like a no brainer. And a lot of fun. New town, new friends.
John and I got dressed, drove over to their house, walked in the front door – didn’t see anyone, so we headed down to the basement, “Yes, this is the place – 50’s Diner.” We waited for 10 or 15 minutes, giving ourselves a personal tour of the house. Still, no one else had arrived. John saw their foosball table and wanted to play, but I got this uneasy feeling, so we headed back upstairs.
We came around the corner, and this couple was eating dinner with their 3 kids. They looked at us, sorta stunned, like: Who are YOU and WHERE DID YOU COME FROM? We smiled and said, OH our friend invited us to your house to meet everyone on Tuesday at 7pm. He slowly pulled his reading glasses down below his eyes and said: That’s NEXT TUESDAY AT 7PM.
I wanted to DIE of embarrassment. Honestly, I didn’t want to go back next Tuesday. They had no idea there were random people in their basement for 15 minutes. That’s pretty scary to think about. They kindly invited us to stay for dinner, OH Dear God, I just wanted to run. Highly embarrassed, we quickly said our goodbyes and jumped in the car. John shook his head, saying: This sort of thing NEVER happened to me, until I met you. We laugh about it now.
That’s how it is with God. No matter how many mistakes and mess ups, regrets, failures, and wrong turns, He invites us back to the table with unconditional love, grace and forgiveness. No matter what we do or don’t do, whether we’re deserving or not, God always invites us back with an open invitation – a do-over of sorts. It’s called GRACE. Pass it along. Just take note: The next time you find yourself in someone’s basement, don’t play foosball, until you meet the Host first. : )
Here’s to GRACE!
Ephesians 2:8-10 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.