So I stopped by the library today and while I was checking out my items in the self-checkout line, I thought about something that I often think about when I am at the library, “What if this thing starts beeping and won’t let me check out any more items because I have already used up all I can have?”
You see, I use the libary a lot. Since I don’t have an office, the library is one of the places where I like to do my work. And the library is also a place that I like to visit on my day off. I just like to spend time at the library. And I also like to make liberal use of the resource materials. I am always checking things out. I check out books, magazines, audiobooks and videos. I check out things for myself as well as things that I think Julie or one of the kids might like. Because of that, I often have a whole bunch of library materials lying around at home.
So I was standing there checking out 3 magazines and a video and this thought was going through my mind, “What if this thing starts beeping and won’t let me check out any more items because I have already used up all I can have?” You see I already had at least 3 books, 4 magazines, and 3 audio books from the library sitting at various places in my home. That means that with this next group of items, I would have 14 items out at one time. And that is not abnormal. I have been here less than a year, and I imagine that I have probably checked out over 200 items already.
But one of the really great things about the library is that no matter how much you check out, you can still check out more. And that is pretty cool. And while I am sitting there thinking about all of that, I find myself thinking about God and how amazing it is that no matter how many times I have had to rely on His love and grace, He is always ready with more the next time. I never have to worry that if I go to my knees in prayer asking for God’s love and grace to prevail that something is going to start beeping and I am going to get a message that I have already used up all the love and grace and that is all I can have.
Who would have ever thought that the library would provide me with such a great reminder of God’s unending love and grace?