Sunday, November 07, 2004

God's Grace as Water: Jumping, and Staying, In

Almost everyone has had the experience of jumping into water that is cooler than expected and immediately having regrets. Sometimes we jump right back out and that’s the end of our swimming. But if we stay in through the initial adjustment, the discomfort goes away and the experience becomes very pleasurable.

God’s grace is often like that. He leads us into things that look good but are initially very discomforting because they are a dramatic change from what we’re used to. That forces us to make a choice. We can (sometimes) jump right back to where we were, but all that results in is our suffering the initial shock without receiving the benefits He intends. Or, we can stick it out through the uncomfortable transition and receive those benefits, which always far outweigh the initial discomfort. 

The choice is ours.

(Images based on water related themes were posted on September 12b, October 1, November 6, 7, and 10, 2004. A series of four images dealing with a somewhat related theme (a garden hose) were posted September 18, 2004 here, here, here and here.
Images about trusting God amidst the unexpected/difficult/incomprehensible were posted November 7, and 15, 2004, and April 25, July 11b, and August 9, 2005.
Images about diligence/perseverance in doing God’s will were posted on October 1, 3a, 8, and 17 and November 7, 2004 and January 10c, June 11, 13, and 18; July 15 and August 27, 2005.)

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