It was Lao Tzu who said, “The Tao does nothing but leaves nothing undone.” Divine grace isn’t significant because it’s stunning or sensational. God chooses the ordinary to reveal the extraordinary, the simple to confound the wise, even “the nobodies,” as Saint Paul put it, “to expose the hollow pretentions of the ‘somebodies’.”
I suppose that’s why I have always found such affinity in the blind man whom Jesus healed. His simple response to the religious bigots of his day was blessed indeed.
“I don’t know how to explain what has happened to me. All I know is that, once I was blind, but now I see.”
If you think about it, his was a type of couch conversion, too, an ineffable encounter with that “Pretty Amazing Grace,” about which Neil Diamond sang.
You overcame my loss of hope and faith
Gave me a truth I could believe in
You led me to a higher place
Showed Your amazing grace
When grace was what I needed
Look in a mirror I see Your reflection
Open a book You live on every page
I fall and You're there to lift me
Share every road I climb
And with amazing grace You ease my mind
Pretty amazing grace.
--From the album, Pretty Amazing Grace, by Neil Diamond
Grace is not a gift you get for professing the right beliefs. It isn’t a reward for having the “right” religion either. Grace knows no creed, no class, no color, and Grace knows no religion. It is the miracle of God-consciousness and it can happen to anyone, anywhere, at anytime. It is as unpredictable as it is profound.
When God awakens within you, on a mountaintop, driving to work, standing at the bedside of a dying family member or friend, observing nature, praying in a temple, or while doing nothing at all but reclining on a couch, everything, as well as everyone, will instantaneously become sacred to you—in a sense, the universe and everything in it will become sacred to you, the body of God. (Excerpt taken from The Enoch Factor: The Sacred Art of Knowing God).