We survived the fall, yall. By the grace of God, humanity has withstood these planetary eras . . . so that in the coming ages He might show the immeasurable riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. While listening to a Water / Brick by The Eagle & Child, the phrase they use stood out to me by way of sin and the curse and the forfeited dominion of so much more than we have known:

He whispers His Love through desolate lands
and gives us the most unthinkable chance
beyond barricade, through river and wall
I’m grasping Your grip
surviving the fall.

As all the swelling production increases with this melody on repeat; this deep and thoughtful storytelling song brings to mind all the wild and spiritual things that have actually happened and are actually true. How different this whole thing could have gone if Jesus hadn’t yielded Himself and His will. If God wasn’t merciful towards us . . .

I think I may have alluded to the fact that I recently lived through yet another installment of the Choreography of Birds, ha. In other words there was this guy and then all of a sudden there wasn’t in the way that I wanted there to be. But this time it had really seemed, and I had really hoped. Like I had genuinely expected, ya know? From behind the wheel of my Subaru a few weeks ago I was refreshed by an unexpected feeling of deep gratitude for having lived through what has given me such clear insight into the quality and kind of the Love of God. It’s a challenge to attempt to articulate, but I have savored a glimpse of how significant an element human will is in love.

I have spent many years around believers who tend to emphasize the Sovereignty of God in a way that can leave the impression that His Sovereignty puppeteers the activity and outcomes of men to a degree that does not actually reflect the expressed reality of His Sovereignty. And I’m seeing that we miss so much about His Love and His essence when we disregard or gloss over the will He has given to men. And women. Humanity.

All my failed and/or seasonal situationships are a perfect example of this. A single interaction or conversation or initiation can alter outcomes forever. There have been times when I knew that God was gently advising me to let it rest and I didn’t. Give it time and I hurried. Workshop that thing I had in mind to do or say . . . maybe run it past my older brother or the sibling group chat, ha. Because some things unsaid are better left that way. Because you cannot unsay them.

And we cannot unsin. It seems to me that God’s love and His perfection; Him fixing and rescuing on human behalf is always in the present future. He didn’t even uncreate the being that became His enemy. He moved forward. His creation was so pristine to start with that it held within itself the fix for it’s own self-inflicted ruin. He set things up in such away that He could come to us as one of us and rescue us. Hallelujah.

Just like all the extra interpersonal interactions I’ve lived through, sin wasn’t fatalistically required. We didn’t have to sin any more than we have to obey. Evidently, optional obedience is worth the glory of our uniquely requited love. And wherever I was driving that day, it was suddenly worth it to me. Worth all the heartache to obtain that brief achievement of understanding beyond my knowledge what God has had in mind for reciprocal affection. For a hardly detectable moment in time, I saw that God has put me together in such a way and has glued me together with such sufficient grace that I could withstand the bruising of broken relationships and come out with a gloriously dim clarity of what it means to Him for us to choose to love Him. He has nothing to prove, but He has chosen to. He has chosen to demonstrate to all existing everything that He is worthy of the worship He requires.

Think of the weight of that glory. That God breathed the essence of who He is into a body formed from dust and it became a living being. In the image of God. selah. There has always been so much at stake. And it’s the very grandeur of His ultimate Sovereignty that allows for Him to delegate dominion to a class of being He knew would betray Him, and it not be the end of their history.

We survived the fall and the flood. And better than a t-shirt, we will have robes to show it. There really was a time and a warning and centuries of grace. And a day that came when it was suddenly too late and all the fountains of the great deep burst forth, and the windows of the heavens were opened. But He didn’t just delete us. There was made available a merciful way of salvation. What love that we get to choose.

All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ. 4 Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. 5 God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. 6 So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son. 7 He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins. 8 He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding 9 God has now revealed to us his mysterious will regarding Christ—which is to fulfill his own good plan. 10 And this is the plan: At the right time he will bring everything together under the authority of Christ—everything in heaven and on earth. 11 Furthermore, because we are united with Christ, we have received an inheritance from God, for he chose us in advance, and he makes everything work out according to his plan. // Ephesians 1:3-11

He whispers His Love through desolate lands
and gives us the most unthinkable chance
beyond barricade, through river and wall
I’m grasping Your grip
surviving the fall.

. . . repent and be baptized everyone of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit {Acts 2:38}. // . . . &&


One response to “surviving the fall”

  1. It’s interesting how really liking a person and them suddenly not being there creates space for reminders of God. I’ve been heavily occupied by this person lately whose stance on religion is very clear (his stance on God, not so much). He’d been MIA a couple days and yesterday morning, when I found myself in a place of worship (specifically consumed by Israel & New Breed’s “Accepted”), I couldn’t help but break down in God’s presence and commit to never living a life without worship. How could I live in a home with a man who won’t praise God? I haven’t actually had that conversation with this person, but just the thought of the women I knew growing up whose husbands were never at church, the thought of hearing “turn that down” when I’m in the midst of twirling around my kitchen on Sabbath morning or driving in the car in tears because the song hits just right…man! There’s so much of God’s grace in the space between. And the thing is, there was no pressure to choose Him in that moment. There were no choices laid out in front of me and I had to pick one. It was the reminder of how great His love is and how I could never live without it.

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