Lately, in beholding the Lord, I’ve been seeing and thinking of waterfalls. So… “OK Lord, what do you want to show me of yourself in these pictures/images of waterfalls?”
John said, “Then He showed me a river of the water of life (Christ) clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb, in the middle of the street.” (Rev22:1) Pulled by gravity (all things are centered on Christ), the river flows from the high places (our source who is Christ) and into the low and humbled places of the earth (our Christ… who did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself…)(Phil 2:5).
A waterfall is the result of a river… flowing. Like the cross, the river as it flows, removes the looser material in the riverbed and washes it away. This erosion process changes the elevation of the river to lower and lower levels. As the river takes the lower place, beautiful canyons are formed in the process. And when the flow (the Spirit of Christ) encounters a solid rock stratum, there is reduced erosion whereas, the loose soil beyond the solid areas gets taken downstream and continues to erode away, deeper and deeper. As more and more debris is pulled into the flow, the debris itself becomes an agent of erosion to carve out canyons deeper and deeper. God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose (Rom 8:28). The waterfall grows from glory to glory getting higher and higher from the perspective of the humble place of the river below. The canyon divides the land and is a picture described in Hebrews 4:12: For the word of God (who is Christ) is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
Upon deeper examination, we see that the water is at rest the whole time it is doing the work. Huh? It is simply flowing in the pull of gravity (the centrality of Christ). As it changes in potential energy from the higher to the lower, kinetic energy is released. The erosive work is accomplished. It is His work. He does it. …Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.(Heb12:2)
And, at the site of a waterfall, when the water droplets collide with each other in freefall, negatively charged ions are produced. As we breathe in those ions, biochemical reactions increase serotonin levels, relieving stress, and boost energy. And when He had said this, He breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” (John 20:22)
As the HS flows through our lives revealing the layers of Christ as our true landscape, it is beautiful to behold. We each are the work of His gentle hands and collectively we are a breathtaking sight in the Father’s eyes. He sees His Son. The Grand Canyon in Arizona is a beautiful picture of the community of Christ expressing the enduring work of his hand to expose the layers of Christ laid down in eternity past.
This is certainly not an exhaustive interrogation of what waterfalls speak of our unfathomable Christ, but perhaps you might join the dance and comment where you see Him in the waterfall of Christ in your life.
To the praise of His Glory,