20 years ago this summer I witnessed one of the largest and most damaging floods ever to hit the US as the Mississippi River caused over $15 billion in damage. Living in St. Louis at the time, I remember being in shock on a visit to “The Arch”. I have never seen so much muddy water and probably will never see a river that big again in my lifetime.
In Revelation, John writes about another flood; though this is a good flood from the throne of grace:
“Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city” (Rev 22:1-2a)
I love the image John gives us in the first few verses of chapter 22 of the living water flowing from God’s throne. God’s grace is unstoppable like a flooding river over the tears, the heart ache and all the effects of evil we see over the world.
Like the water from a flood, God’s grace will touch everything in it’s path.
John goes on to say that there will be trees growing on the banks of this great river of life. And “the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.” (Rev 2:2b)
We look around and we see pain in the nations of the world.
We look around and we see pain in our community.
We look around and we see pain in our families.
But God’s grace is like a mighty flood and there is no stopping it. He will bring healing to the nations, to the communities, to the families of the world.
This is the vision John had of the coming new city of God. We’re not there yet, but God is at work extending his grace across the world.
Have hope! There is a flood of grace on the way.