“So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son.”
Waterfalls are pretty remarkable.
I mean, some are massive. It’s hard to even imagine adding up all of the gallons that must be streaming off the top of that cliff day in, day out.
Humour me for a bit.
Imagine sneaking near to this beast in the quest to snap a photo for the travel album.
Imagine the spray as you draw nearer and nearer. See the way the constant humidity creates an unnaturally green and lush microclimate around the falls?
The closer we get, the more deafening the roar! How the canyon echoes and resounds with it, overwhelming the senses completely.
Stay with me, now.
We’re going even closer.
Fight through that growing mist with me – it’s getting rather strong – and carefully pick your way over the deathly slippery rocks worn smooth by the unending blast, the dizzying and active energy of water being poured out at high volumes over the millennia.
We’re going in.
(Don’t look at me like that. Where’s your spirit of adventure?)
We’ve got to get right under the whitest, roariest (is that a word?) bit.
Hope you brought your umbrella, because you’re going to get royally soaked.
Now, contrast that image with this one:
One squeeze from an eyedropper.
When you think of God pouring His grace out over you – grace being unmerited favour – which image fits your notion of the action the best?
I have a feeling a lot of us feel like there is maybe a drop or two available, like grace needs to be rationed. I mean, there are a lot of us who need some. Maybe God needs to be sparing in His dispensing methods.
I want to challenge you to view it more like this waterfall – powerful. Limitless. Drenching. Throwing spray all over and dousing anything within range.
Bringing gorgeous green life to all it touches.
Roaring, drowning out the message of death and decay stamped on the fallen earth, declaring a new and powerful and visceral law at work.
This is no stingy eye dropper, folks.
This is a waterfall at full power.
What’s the only possible response to such an overwhelming expression of love?
“…we praise God…”
A grace that big can only be met on our knees. A love that strong can only be met with awe. A mercy that deep can only draw us in obedience to the One who does the pouring.
Being royally soaked looks good on you!
Draw near in gratitude with me?
Father, forgive us when our view of who You are and what You are capable of is too small. Open our eyes and hearts to the immense reality of the grace You offer. Amen.