This is how God showed His love for us: God sent His only Son into the world so we might live through Him. This is the kind of love we are talking about—not that we once upon a time loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as a sacrifice to clear away our sins and the damage they’ve done to our relationship with God.
I John 4:7-10 The Message
When I read this verse, I thought of the incredible damage done by the recent earthquakes in Haiti and Chile. In a few minutes, so much was destroyed, so much suffering created, lives devasted, homes lost. The rubbled buildings will need to be cleared away, and then the long, arduous process of reconstruction. It’s going to take a massive effort to set these places right again.
It made me wonder if the Fall was like a spiritual earthquake, collapsing structures, destroying foundations, splitting things in two, tearing the ground. Then there is this stunning picture from the 1906 San Francisco earthquake that shows how a fence moved five feet, from an unseen, underground fissure. Who knows what happened to the cows.
I don’t understand how it was possible to move the ground without creating a visible gap, but I think there are unaligned sections like that in my life, created by deep hidden flaws.
The reconstruction of my life to its God-designed wholeness is still in process. Most of the rubble has been cleared away, though weakened parts still collapse from time to time. I often forget how extensive the initial damage was. There’s a new building code too: grace, confession, forgiveness, love. The rebuilding is slow and costly, sometimes painful, but it’s going to be beautiful when it’s finished.
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
“In Him you are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by His Spirit.” Ephesians 2:22