Friday, May 16, 2008

The Goodness of God's Grace in Struggle

In the forward to Jonathan Aitken’s John Newton: From Disgrace to Amazing Grace, Philip Yancey begins the foreward of the book by writing: “Grace, like water, always flows downward to the lowest place.” This crossed my mind this morning as I was meditating on recent failures in my life as I continue to limp at times in my own walk with God. As I prayed through this, I was overwhelmed by the goodness of God as I reflected on three things:
  • The foundational verse of this blog: "Through him we have obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God" (Romans 5:2);
  • John Piper’s “It's Never Too Late to Keep Asking” which I quoted in one of my blog postings yesterday (“For Those Who Are Struggling” - Thursday, May 15, 2008); and
  • the song “Valley’s Fill First” by Caedmon’s Call. The words are below and the audio is on this link.

This is the valley that I'm walking through
And if fells like forever since I've been close to you
My friends up above me don't understand why I struggle like I do
My shadow's my only, only companion and at night he leaves too

Down in the valley, dying of thirst
Down in the valley, it seems that I'm at my worst
My consolation is that you baptize this earth
When I'm down in the valley, valleys fill first

Down in this wasteland
I miss
the mountaintop view
But it's here in this valley that I’m surrounded by you
Though I'm not here by my will
It's where your view is the most clear
So I'll stay in this valley it takes 40 years

And it's like that long Saturday your death and the rising day
When no one wrote a word, wondered is this the end
But you were down there in the well, saving those that fell
Bringing them to the mountain again

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