Every time I paddled this river, I marveled at her beauty: The pristine water is framed by towering limestone bluffs that rise above the river below.
The first night out on the river was often the best because supper would be venison. As soon as I arrived at the campsite, I would put the venison strips in a plastic bag to marinate. By the time I had set up the tent, collected firewood, and started brewing the coffee, several hours had passed and the meat was thoroughly seasoned.
In the solitude of this magnificent wilderness, I found it easy to see the beauty of God’s creation. I also found it easy to reflect of His Word.
One evening after I had finished off the venison, I was reading Ephesians 1:7: “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us.”
It occurred to me that being lavished with God’s grace is somewhat like marinating venison. When you encounter the grace of God and you are covered-up by its life-changing power, you are transformed:
- You are holy because He is holy—I Peter 1:16
- You can forgive because you have been forgiven—Colossians 3:13
- You can be merciful because you have experienced the mercy of God—Luke 6:36
- You can live a life of love because you’ve been blessed by God’s—Ephesians 5:2
The riches of God’s grace is more than a sprinkle of pepper and a dash of salt. When God lavishes you with His presence, you are redeemed, renewed, and refreshed, and you are a new creation in Him (2 Corinthians 5:17).