All of These Years and He Never Told Me?

All of These Years and He Never Told Me? July 28, 2022

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Kev just schooled me on the topic of “grace”.

I was sitting out here on the porch and typing up a nice little post.

He asked what it was about.

I told him it’s about how God doesn’t give us the grace for our imaginations.

He thought for a second and then said, “I’ve never liked it when you’ve said that”.

Wait… what?

I’ve been saying it for most of our marriage.

I mean, I Learned it from a mentor way back in the 1900’s.

I’ve taught it.

I’ve wrote about it.

I am currently writing about it.

Now he tells me?

And I will tell you what.

Kevin Charles Shock had some explaining to do.

And he did.

And guess what?

I get where he is coming from.

You see, I learned that when I worry about a disease or some kind of tragedy that might happen,

I should just remember that God isn’t giving me the grace for it.

No grace for something that hasn’t happened to me yet.

Yes, He is currently giving it to the people who are going through that particular tragedy.

But… not me.

His grace is sufficient for what I am going through in this moment.


I mean, that’s what I’ve been saying all these years.

You know, “don’t worry about tomorrow” kind of stuff.

I started to get a little mad.

Maybe even a little sassy.

So, he very gently kept speaking.

God does give us the grace for our imagination.

The grace is inside of us.

And even as we fret and worry?

Well, there is grace for it.

I could sit here all evening and be afraid of what might happen tomorrow.

And I will be covered in grace the entire time.

I can take my little imagination all the way to the very worst outcome.

And God can be with me in all of it.


Well, shoot.

Ok then.

His grace isn’t only sufficient for the person who is going through something I’m scared to go through.

His grace is sufficient for me and my anxiety.

For my fears.

For my doubts.


When I have a severe case of “paralysis by analysis”?

And cannot get off my couch?

Well, there is grace for it.


My only question is…

Why has Kevin never said this to me before???

Oh well, there’s grace for that too.

Grace all around.

Karen R Shock resides in Fort Wayne, IN with her husband and their youngest son. She had three more children who are married and four beautiful grandchildren. Oh, and a dog name JT Barrett (Go Bucks). She is a retired homeschool mom and is now a high school teacher and cheer coach. Life is hard, but fun. Learning to lean into the mess, find rest in today, and maybe even make some new friends along the way.

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