Large waterfalls are beautiful to look at – amazing and beautiful, yet, dangerous if trapped at the bottom. Powerful, tall waterfalls even generate electricity. There are some locations where you can swim underneath a soothing waterfall – the light massage and cool water from the waterfall is quite refreshing. Standing to watch a waterfall for a period of time shows that there is an uneven flow to the water coming over the falls. Even more, the waterfall just continues flowing and rolling, seeming as if it’s source is continuous.

Life sometimes takes on the characteristics of a waterfall – turning and tossing me around, where I feel quite helpless. Other times, life can be quite refreshing – changes or fresh starts help me to feel reenergized.

Life can also generate “electricity” in the way that my joy, my love, my caring, help others, like a waterfall generating electricity for largely populated areas.

And, as with a waterfall, there is an uneven flow to life – the only consistent thing in life is change.

Psalm 42:7-9

7 In the roar of Your waterfalls, ancient depths surge, calling out to the deep. All Your waves break over me; am I drowning? 8 Yet in the light of day, the Eternal shows me His love. When night settles in and all is dark, He keeps me company— His soothing song, a prayerful melody to the True God of my life.

Other writers have suggested that God’s grace is like the source of a waterfall, continuously replenishing over and over, without fail.

This Psalm and these other writers' perspectives are both right – the depths are scary, but, God’s eternal love and mercy continue flowing, until the light massage and cool water help us to feel refreshed.

Grace and peace to you all this week. I hope that, like me, you are finding a sort of peace in the waterfall.

Sarah Thompson

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