At the beginning of August Karen and I visited the Bridal Veil waterfall outside of Hope. At the foot of the falls there is a fenced off area for observers with a large â€œCAUTIONâ€ sign warning people to keep back and enjoy the falls from a distance. The falls are beautiful â€“ almost mesmerizing â€“ as they continually change while remaining the same and cover the observers with a fine, fresh smelling mist. We noted and complied with the sign and the fence, but we just as quickly dismissed them from our minds as our attention was held captive by the rush of water.
This experience became a metaphor in an ongoing discussion Karen and I have concerning the Bible, the place of the local church and our experience of Godâ€™s presence through our daily lives. The Bible and the local church are like the sign and fence. The waterfall is the reality of Godâ€™s presence in our lives. We read Godâ€™s word and we connect with other believers in our spiritual journey towards conformity to Christ. But the significant issue is our connection to God is our daily lives. Knowledge and instruction, however important, are but â€œdealers in second hand goodsâ€ if we are not enveloped with the wonder of living in Godâ€™s presence. The signs and the fence are there in order to ensure a positive experience of the waterfall. We mustnâ€™t get so caught up in studying the wording of the sign or considering the structure of the fence that we neglect the beauty for which they were constructed.