Walking along the Shores of God’s Mercy
Consider the speed of light and how quickly it penetrates our vision. The phenomenon of this energy has the power to change darkness into a new day, an attraction of something exciting when being bathed in its very essence. Now place yourself at a crossroad of sin and how fast the failure overtakes our sense of righteousness and forgiveness at the same time.
There is something mysterious about the presence of sin and how we succumb to its power that even the best among us have a difficult time walking away from the attraction. Like the speed that light has to reach all of us, so the swiftness of sin also is just as penetrating our souls.
The theory of light is that it travels in a straight line until it is absorbed or reflected. In either of these obstructions the light still has a compromising effect on the use of the power it contains. Sin, also, is a phenomenon that appears to travel in a spiritual direction and like the elements of science it travels until something absorbs its nature and compromises our ability to reject it.
We are a weakened creation, not because God made a mistake, but on the attacks of an evil element in life that can only be eliminated through grace that comes from God.
Think of the peacefulness one may discover while strolling along the shores of the ocean, the simple feeling of a southern breeze, the gentleness that the waves make as they hit the shore, and the endless sound of silence between you and God. These become the treasures of what has been placed within our spirit and the quiet voice of God speaking to us.
What does your intellect tell you as your knowledge of sin finally reaches down deeply into your psyche and urges a reconciliation with your Christ who has been walking along with you? See in yourself that the sin within is like a drop of water. As you get close to the mighty ocean, which is represented as God’s mercy, the attraction to absorb the sin allows this drop of sin to be swallowed in an instant and lost forever.
Just as the traveling speed of light can only be interrupted by an inanimate object, so the speed of sin, which is just as real as the speed of light, will only be affected by the Mercy of God. There are periods of life when the only manner to find this mercy is in the silence of our souls and being alone along the shores of God’s Mercy. His total Forgiveness.
Ralph B. Hathaway