And like a flood His mercy rains.
The Chris Tomlin version of “Amazing Grace” played on the radio as I drove home this morning. The line above struck me in a way it never has before.
Like a flood.
If you’ve ever seen a creek rise over its banks and flood the surrounding area, you know nothing stops it. It will swirl around any block and eventually overtake the blockage. God’s mercy will swirl around any block we have to receiving his mercies and overtake those blocks.
His mercy rains.
I must admit, I heard the word “reigns” as opposed to “rains” this morning, so my thoughts carried this interpretation further. According to the online version of Merriam Webster, “reign” means royal authority or the dominion, sway or influence of one resembling a monarch.
Whether you see it as “rains” or “reigns,” his mercy is powerful and can cover a multitude of problems, sins, and issues. This gives me comfort as we venture into 2017. Many of you know that my husband and I are raising two of our grandchildren. Our daughter is absent in their lives as well as ours. I’m not sure she’s fully present in her own life. I know she loves her children, but she’s given in to a life of drugs and all the complications that come with it. As one person explained it to me, the drugs remove all maternal instincts. This insight helped because I couldn’t fathom why, when she’s in jail and clean, she wants to see them, but the minute she’s out of jail, she disappears with no word.
Yes. No word.
Christmas came and went without a peep.
So, I hope she might find a moment to hear those words, and like a flood his mercy rains, and know that she can find peace without addictive substances. I pray that she will understand that the title of this post is written to her. I know God sends her opportunities, but I, also, know he gives us free will. I pray she will open her eyes to the mercy he will offer her and seek the help she needs to return to us.