This past weekend, my daughter said something that really struck me. Not an isolated incidence, since she's a pretty deep thinker. :)
We were lying on our stomachs on her bed looking out the window at the rain. A gully washer. A toad-strangler. Raining stair rods and pitchforks rain.
Our ditch was full and the water rushed to the culvert. The girl turned to me and said, "Rivers flow into the ocean, but the ocean is never full."
I had to stop and think about that for awhile. An obvious truth, but one I hadn't really considered before. I love it when this happens. I grab onto a new thought and turn it over in my mind like a kid with a Rubik's cube. Twist, twist, turn, turn, examine from lots of angles.
One of those twists and turns brought me to the conclusion that the river/ocean idea is so very like our relationship with God. God's mercy flows towards us, but we are never over our need for God's mercy. God's forgiveness flows towards us, into us, but we always need more forgiveness. God's love, tenderness, care, sustaining power, all of it. GOD pours Himself into us, but we are never without the need for more.
Another comforting thought is that those rivers of God's blessing and mercy never dry up, never run out, never become exhausted. They always run toward us, always replenish, wash, renew us. Always faithful, always available.
So, have your kids said anything lately that made you think?