A young man, who had been raised as an atheist, was training to be an Olympic diver.
The only religious influence in his life came from his outspoken Christian friend. The young diver never really paid much attention to his friend’s lectures, but he heard them.
One night, the diver went to the indoor pool at the college he attended.
The lights were all off, but as the pool had big skylights and the moon was bright, there was plenty of light to practice by.
The young man climbed up to the highest diving board, and as he turned his back to the pool edge of the board and extended his arms out, he saw his shadow on the wall.
The shadow of his body was in the shape of a cross.
Such an image greatly stirred his soul, so instead of diving, he knelt down and surrendered his life to Christ.
A maintenance man walked in and turned the lights on.As the young man stood, a maintenance man walked in and turned the lights on.
The pool had been drained for repairs!1
One definition in the dictionary for mercy includes: “The mercy of God to man; a blessing regarded as an act of divine favor or compassion; compassion or forbearance; kindness extended to someone instead of strictness or severity.”2
The Psalmist exclaimed, “Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! His mercy endures forever” (Psalm 107:1).
The word “endures” has been appropriately supplied by the translators, but it somewhat restricts the sense, which is better seen if we read it, “for His mercy forever.” God’s mercy has no beginning, and will never know an end.3
“God leads us to eternal life, not by our merits, but according to His mercy” (Augustine).4
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- Christian Clippings, September, 2003.
- Article by Kersten Beckstrom, “For You, For Me,” Decision, August 1998, p. 24.
- C. H. Spurgeon, The Treasury Of David, Volume Two (Part Two), Psalm LXXXVIII to CX, Hendrickson, Publishers, Peabody, MA., p. 398.