During exceptionally cold winter seasons, the majestic Niagra falls freezes. In varying stages of solidarity, the sheer spectacle of a frozen wall of water towering nearly two hundred feet would give anyone pause. Although I have not witnessed this amazing event, years ago, in Denver, Colorado, I experienced a similar, if not miniaturized phenomenon. I lived on the top floor of a four-story apartment building. It was the winter of 1988-1989, one of the coldest on record for the United States. Temperatures dropped to -40F in some parts of Colorado and in Denver, that evening, the temperature hovered around -20F. On this coldest day of the year, I was awakened by a banging on my door at 3:30 AM. I staggered out of my bed and into the family room and was startled find it under a foot of water. The wall nearest the front door had a jagged hole with ice cold water pouring out. Confused, I opened the door to find a shivering man in pajamas and a ski-jacket.
“Your pipes burst!” stating the obvious.
“How did you know?”
“I live below you, the water is coming through my ceiling!”
The next morning, I beheld a surreal sight. There was a solid wall of ice that began on the fourth floor from my apartment and others and cascaded down to the ground floor. Niagra in Denver! In spite of the discomfort, we were all experiencing, I could not help but marvel at this. It was if time stood still and I was able to take a snapshot of what would ordinarily be a dynamic event, too fleeting for my eyes to capture every nuance.
Time is linear and inexorably proceeds forward. Sometimes I wish I could freeze a moment in time and savor it forever; the moment I first met my wife, the birth of my son and daughter. For other painful moments, I would freeze and discard them. Alas, I have no such promise or reprieve in this life.
Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.
Psalms 90:2 (ESV)
God created the universe and He is not bound by any of its physical laws nor is He restricted by time and its perceived dimensions. The frozen waterfall reminds me that God can view the entire timeline of my life and of all Creation as if it were a singular event. God is everlasting and while He could certainly dwell on my sins, He chooses to not remember them.
I, I am he who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins.
Isaiah 43:25 (ESV)
I sometimes long that the best moments in my life could be frozen in time, never leaving this wonderful moment. These are beautiful and God allowed me to experience them to understand His love but from God’s perspective, the best moment in my life was when I confessed and repented of my sins and accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior-but it was not a one-time event. Every moment I come to Jesus and confess and truly repent of my sins, He sanctifies me. Like the frozen waterfall, my moment of salvation is continually reaffirmed in His presence, as if time stands still. How beautiful and wonderful is the grace and mercy of God!
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.