This post is by Lauren.

I’ve never seen an avalanche in real life, but I found this video of one.  (The description says this guy survived, so no worries.)

avalanche!

Apparently these huge masses of snow can reach 80 mph in only 5 seconds!  One minute you’re just skiing down the mountain, the next minute there is tons of snow billowing all around you, completely submerging you, and there’s nothing you can do about it!  You can’t stop it, you can’t run away from it, it just happens.  Snow engulfs you.  Your body disappears, dwarfed by the massive blanket of white.

There’s a great song by Hillsong United called “Like An Avalanche”.  It sometimes gets stuck in my head randomly.  Here is the chorus:

I find myself here on my knees again

Caught up in grace like an avalanche

Nothing compares to this love, love, love

Burning in my heart

You screwed up.  You’re broken.  You’re on your knees again, distraught, certain that your life is beyond saving.  Surely you’ve exceeded the sin limit.  But God’s grace hits you like an avalanche.  It engulfs you instantly, hiding your shame and iniquities.  You can’t escape it.  You can’t step aside and say, “No, God.  I don’t deserve it this time.”  He showers it upon you anyway.  Before you know it, you’re entirely covered in white.

How can we respond to that?  Here is the bridge of the song:

Take my life

Take all that I am

With all that I am I will love You

Take my heart

Take all that I have

Jesus how I adore You

This is a lesson I’m still learning.  God’s grace is sufficient.  It doesn’t run out.  We can’t choose not to let it cover us.  If we are repentant and have faith in Jesus, his blood has already covered every single sin.

Here’s the song.  I encourage you to listen to it.

Like An Avalanche