Wednesday, September 23, 2009
When it rains...
...it pours. Here in the Atlanta area we are recovering from a crazy storm that flooded neighborhoods, closed schools, and created all kinds of messes to clean up. We were protected at our house and only lost a portion of a retaining wall between our side yard and the neighbor's driveway. Others weren't so fortunate.
The power of water is an amazing thing to consider. It is vital to our survival, and yet it can be incredibly destructive. Even when it appears to be safe, water's power cannot be belittled; ask the dozens of people who had to be rescued from their cars this week.
One of the first moments of creation involved God separating the water from the sky and then the dry land. God placed the first humans in a garden surrounded by the rivers of water. His intention was that water be a source of refreshment and nourishment. It wasn't until sin entered the world that water became a destructive force.
Sin does that. Sin takes something intended for good and twists it into a destructive force. That sin leads to death is the first consequence and truth that Adam and Eve (and every descendent of them) had to face. As long as there is sin, there will be destruction. God, however, planned for redemption, recovery, and restoration in Jesus.
As the Georgia floodwaters recede, people will begin the task of cleaning up and restoring land and property. From an eternal perpective, God has already begun the retoration process for humanity; all we must do it trust and obey. Then we can rest beside the still waters of God's love and be refreshed.