“Big Freeze At Niagara Falls.” That was the front-page news on our papers a few days ago.
It caught my attention because I was in Canada many years ago and saw what is perhaps the most majestic wonder of God’s creation.
With an estimated 600,000 gallons of water plunging over 50 meters every second, I can never forget the thunderous roar of the gushing water, the mist on my face and the endless rainbows as I stood in awe of the beauty and power on the Canadian side of the Niagara Falls.
All that changed on 2 January 2018.
An extreme cold weather with temperature dipping as low as minus 26 C has caused parts of the Niagara Falls to freeze and come to almost an icy halt as water gushes through frozen passages. Gone is the thunderous roar. The sound is dull.
Mist from the waters is frozen instantly covering the trees, walkways and cliffs in white icy crust.
Despite the biting cold, visitors still come to admire the completely ice-encrusted winter wonderland.
But what is beautiful in the natural world is not so in the spiritual world.
Jesus intended all believers to experience the beauty and power of the gushing river of life.
“But those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life” (John 4:14 NRSV).
Sadly that gushing flow of God’s grace can be blocked by our cold indifference.
The thunderous roar of our spiritual passion can be dulled by our chilly willful disobedience.
Our spiritual walk can become frozen by the cold neglect of our devotion with the Lord.
The icy cold wind of apathy and complacency can encrust our life in worldly cares and concerns.
And before we know it, the once enthusiastic, energetic and exciting Christian life we knew becomes frozen into an icy wintry land of spiritual stagnation and barrenness. Our interest in the things of God starts to flow in its lowest ebb. We go to church occasionally on Sundays whenever we feel like it.
If you find yourself in s such icy grip of indifference, complacency and apathy, it’s time to thaw your frozen spirituality this New Year.
There is hope. The gushing waterfall of God’s grace can flow once more. God has revealed.
“And He showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb” (Revelations 22:1)