Being an interpreter definitely has perks from time-to-time. This is one of those times.
I’m in the middle of The Great Smoky Mountains National Park for a week.
Day-long hikes, wildlife, reconnecting with nature, jumping off rocks into insanely cold water, climbing to waterfalls at sunrise. I love it!
Today was especially special (Am I allowed to say that? “especially special?”…sorry…rambling).
A few of us adventuresome folks woke up an hour early, met at 6:30am (Eastern time), and headed to some waterfalls we hadn’t been to. The hike was strenuous, but only about 25 minutes and when we arrived, I felt like I was in Eden. High, broad, beautiful waterfall, surrounded by beautiful rock facings all around, tucked away in a cove, and trees draping the landscape.
Mike, the leader of the group (the guy is 36 but looks 23 and is FULL of energy) is an ecologist but also a Christian (he attends Andy Stanley’s church in Georgia). We’ve become fast friends, and I plan to have him on The ATTIC Talk Radio sometime soon to talk about connecting God with nature AND connecting God with Science. The two belong together. ANYWAYS–Mike is super cool, and while I was sitting on this massive rock, meditating, I look up and see Mike, shirtless, BEHIND THE WATERFALL! Well my gosh, I had to join him! (Not because he was shirtless, you weirdos…but because WHO GETS TO CLIMB BEHIND A WATERFALL?!)
I was in hiking clothes, not swimming clothes, but I had to be there. It was calling me. I could feel it. So the shirt came off, and I was up there in a matter of minutes. As I stood behind, under, beneath, and IN the water (how’s that for prepositional usage?), I was a bit overwhelmed. The sheer force of that water beating down on my head and neck was intense. I was taken back to the song we sang at Invasion, that included the line “…the sound of many waters“. I was standing under the main waterfall, but I counted thirteen smaller falls/pools, each with a distinct sound.
I exited, stood in the pool below, and was taking in all the majesty of this place.
As I gazed upward, toward the top of the falls, I heard my Abba say, “This is what I am constantly doing with your sin.”
How awesome is that? To realize that our sins are CONSTANTLY being forgiven. Forgiveness is continually being poured out from the veins of Jesus Christ over those who love Him.
His grace is amazing, powerful, and ever-flowing.
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in your weakness.” 2 Cor. 12:9
GOD LOVES TEENAGERS!