GodReflection: Is Grace Still Amazing?
Possibly the most awe-struck moment I have encountered with nature was my first visit to Iguacu Falls. To say it was just that time is not entirely accurate. On two additional visits the emotions re-surged anew.
The waterfalls border the countries of Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay. They number from one hundred fifty to three hundred falls dependent upon the amount of seasonal rainfall. One writer described their power as “an ocean plunging into an abyss.”
Beautiful colors of multiple rainbows stand as in permanent guard over the falls. A rain poncho is essential to keep a viewer from a cold wet experience. Onlookers are soaked without discrimination.
My favorite view is the Garganta do Diabo (the devil’s throat). A thick mist rises 500 feet above the fourteen falls as they drop more than 350 feet. One can hardly shout above the powerful noise of the plunging water. Gushing is an understatement.
The flow of God’s free gushing grace is the story line that runs through Holy Scripture.
Grace will flow like a mighty river. The prophet Zechariah calls it living water. Ezekiel describes God’s goodness as a flowing river, “where everything will live.”
The prophet Amos calls righteous cleansing power from the Holy a never-failing stream. Isaiah calls thirsty people to the waters of grace. We can come without money. There is no charge.
The apostle Paul dedicates his time on earth to proclaim God’s gift of grace; it is free to all. None of us have purchase power. John the apostles declares the flow of grace to be “lavished on us.” Jesus tells of living water that will flow forever. The flow of grace sweeps us into eternal life. Holy grace will gush freely as a “river of the water of life flowing from the throne of God and the Lamb.”
Why is it so hard to believe grace gushes freely?
Let us affirm anew the hope we have each day of our walk on earth. From Genesis one to Revelation twenty-two, grace flows freely. We are soaked from the wet mist of the forgiving love of Father God, God the Son, and God the Spirit, a gift that rises from freely gushing grace.
Lines from a hymn found in my childhood hymnal pop into my mind:
Oh, now I see the crimson wave, the fountain deep and wide. Jesus, my Lord, mighty to save, points to His wounded side.The stream I see, from Calvary, I plunge, and, oh, it cleanses me, Oh, praise the Lord, it cleanses me, the precious blood it cleanses me.
It occurs to me we have one additional challenge. When I accept the enormity of the grace gift on my behalf; as one who joins God in his mission, I must now ask myself about my own stream of grace to others. On a day-to-day basis, does grace flow forth in my actions and relationships as a mere trickle or does it gush like a waterfall?
Don’t you think it is a question each one of us ought to periodically address to ourselves?
Dr. Gary J. Sorrells
A GodReflection on Can I Believe Grace Gushes Freely?