Renewed – Soaking in God’s goodness

I had a great birthday this week. My parents came down and helped watch the kiddos for the weekend so Kathryn and I could escape for a few hours. My idea of an escape is an air-conditioned movie theater and a good restaurant, but my wife makes much better choices with her life and health! She chooses things like running 5K’s and playing basketball! She had researched a nearby state park with trails to hike and sights to see that we have never visited before. It was way too beautiful of a day to sit inside a movie theater anyway so we decided on a drive to Colorado Bend State Park to do some hiking. I love nature, and she loves exercise so it was a win for both of us! We had read about a waterfall called Gorman Springs tucked away on a hiking trail in the park, and we were determined to find it. We discovered a great little barbecue restaurant along the way and headed to the hiking trails. On a side note, I would not recommend stuffing yourself with barbecue and then attempted to hike three miles. The hike to the waterfall was not all that long, but it was rugged. The hiking trails are nothing more than jagged rocks surrounded by cactus! One missed step and I would have spent my birthday with a pair of tweezers picking out barbs! The area was beautiful, and we enjoyed the hike to the waterfall. It really was a sight to see that made the hike well worth it. This waterfall was the opposite of Niagara Falls. I do not want you to get the wrong idea. It was not a roaring rapid of rushing water, but more of a constant and tranquil spectacle. The water cascaded down the side of the cliff and bounced off the rocks below into shallow pools that drained into the nearby Colorado River. Both the river and the waterfall are viewable from this location. I learned that the waterfall is actually spring fed. We were told that at times the waterfall grows in size and strength, and other times of the year it appears calmer as it did this day. We sat for a while watching and listening to the sound of the water running. Birds and wildlife were abundant in the area as the water was a source of life to them. I see in that waterfall a picture of God’s love and grace. At times it’s a mighty and powerful torrent, and at others it’s a meek and quiet whisper. Like this water fall God’s love and grace come from a never ending source. The water will never stop flowing! This also means that the water is new every day. That waterfall will never be stagnant or old. Lamentations 3:21-25 states this very thing. It reads, “But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope. The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. The LORD is my portion, says my soul, therefore I will hope in Him. The LORD is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him!” I just want to remind you this day to soak in God’s goodness, to seek refreshment in Him, to hope and trust in your God! May you come to the never-ending waterfalls of His love and grace this week! Thank you Kat for sharing this beautiful place with me. It was a gift I will always remember, and way better than any movie would have ever been!

Daniel Harper