Tuesday, December 4, 2012

The Promised One

Ignacio Falls  Photo courtesy Erik Thorson copyright 2012
Lying on the border of the neighboring states of Brazil and Argentina,  Ignacio Falls is comprised of 275 breathtaking falls spreading over a nearly two-mile area of the Parana Plateau. In 2011 it was declared to be one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

The force of the water breaking as it plunges into the river canyon below produces a mist rising between 100 and 490 feet at the famed Devil's Throat. When the light is right, a ethereal rainbow crowns the falls.

I've never been to Ignacio Falls, but my son, daughter, and son-in-law have, so I've been privileged to hear about it secondhand and see the pictures. The falls themselves are spectacular, but I'm always drawn to the haunting rainbow produced by the water's savagery.

It is that forceful plunge to the depths that intrigues me, how the river throws itself over the edge with such abandon.

The breaking is beautiful.

This is the season we celebrate the coming of the Promised One, the Deliverer for whom generations prayed and waited. We watch again with amazement as the Word becomes the Christ, pouring Himself out from heaven to descend to the lowest places of our existence.

In trust He abandoned Himself to the power of the Father from whom all life flows. He allowed his life to break into a glorious flood of blessing for us. His sacrifice was crowned with the radiance of a myriad angels singing praises to His name. 

Feel the force of the river of life pulling you in unknown territory? Is God calling you into deeper faith? Are the fearsome rocks of self-sacrifice looming ahead?

Take the plunge. Leap with abandon into His promises. Crown the Savior with your trust.

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