Woodpecker: Knock, knock… I Dream of Grace


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Woodpecker
“Ask, and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you.”
(Matt 7:7)

I have this dream: I stand outside… knocking on Heaven’s gate. Today is the day that I’ll learn my fate.
Knock, knock, knock… “May I come in?” I ask as an angel of the Lord meets me at the gate. Beyond the angel dressed in white, I catch a glimpse of “eternal more.” I can see two ways to enter: one is very narrow and the other very wide. As I consider the significance of the two paths, the angel asks me to please wait outside while the Lamb judges things that I cannot hide. The course of my life flashes right before my eyes. The Lamb stands at the entrance as a witness, I can tell no lies. I feel naked and exposed. This is the way God created us I suppose.

In my life, I’ve known disgrace and shame. But that was before I invited God into my heart in Jesus’ name. As I seek my Savior’s face, I am left feeling awed and humbled by his overwhelming grace. It is beyond my comprehension how God could love me so much that he would send this Lamb-so innocent and pure- to earth as man, while I was yet a sinner, to save me so I could live with him in eternal harmony. God knew I could never do it on my own. From beginning to end, I was never alone. God revealed all I needed to know in Jesus Christ, the savior he promised to send. With all of life’s choices, I had only to pause long enough to recognize his voice. God was always with me. When I was too blind to see, the Holy Spirit helped me along the way adding his divine testimony. In union with Christ, I am in him, he is in me. This amazing grace overwhelms me as I stand waiting. I’m keenly aware that this is something I could never work for nor earn. God’s grace is a gift, far beyond my reach, given freely in Christ to save me from the eternal burn. Through the mysterious work of love divine, I stand here with a new heart and mind. I praise Jesus Christ as Lord… my truth, my life, and my way. And now I stand here humbled. It is judgment day.

I am knocking again… knock, knock, knock. I’m seeking and hope to find that heaven’s gate will be opened to humble me. In union with Christ, I come anchored in hope about my eternity. Here in this dazzling light, everything I ever tried to hide is examined and revealed in perfect clarity. I’m keenly aware of the sins stacked against me. I come to you flawed. As I stand reflecting upon my life, the gate swings open and I hear the final judgement: Forgiven! Forgiven for all!

Free at last, I step into living worship where I hear the trumpets blast. There upon the throne, I see you in all your majesty and glory. At the sight of your dazzling presence and light, I fall to my face joining the angels gathered before you in a song of praise. I’m overwhelmed by your love, saved by your grace. I’m humbled and awed. If not for Jesus Christ, I wouldn’t be here at all.

“He did this to demonstrate for all time to come the extraordinary greatness of his grace in the love he showed us in Christ Jesus. For it is by God’s grace that you have been saved through faith. It is not the result of your own efforts, but God’s gift so that no one can boast about it.”
(Eph 2:7-9)

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