Usually when we hear the word collision we think of a bad thing. The most common occurrence of a collision is between two cars which can result in injury or a collision between a bike and a pedestrian. I remember a time when I was at college and my room-mate had a collision on her bike and ended up losing both of her front teeth. Collisions can be a bad thing! But I also think collisions can be a good thing. What about when the waves collide with the shoreline? It is such a beautiful sight to see the spray of the sea and the crash of the water upon the stubborn, immovable rocks. The best collision of all however was when heaven collided with earth in the person of Jesus Christ. When God’s Word came to dwell among us, deception collided with truth, despair collided with hope and loneliness collided with love. That divine collision resulted in freedom. Jesus says of Himself in Luke 4:18-19, “The Spirit of the Lord is on Me, because He has anointed Me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” Our Savior came for the purpose of collision.
Sometimes in our lives, we need to collide with Jesus. Like the shoreline of the ocean, our spiritual foundations can be stubborn and immovable. The only way to rebuild the crumbling foundation of our soul is to collide with the One who is the Master Carpenter, the only One who can reshape us. Perhaps we have a foundation built on brokenness. Something happened that should have never happened in your life and the wound is deep. You need that hurt to collide with the Healer. Jesus says in Matthew 8:7, “I will go and heal him.” Perhaps you were taught that God was a God of judgment and wrath. You built your foundation on the fear that if you step out of line, even once, God is going to bring the rocks of judgment down all around you. You need that deception to collide with the Truth. Jesus says in John 8:32, “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” Maybe there is a situation in your life that just doesn’t make any sense to you. You have built up a foundation of despair, knowing that you haven’t got the power to change the circumstances, to make the cancer go away, to save that loved one, to avoid bankruptcy. You need that despair to collide with Hope. Romans 8:24-25 reminds us, “For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.” If your spiritual foundation is built on the shattered illusion of “happily ever after” and your heart aches with loneliness, you need that loneliness to collide with True Love. In John 15:9 Jesus says, “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love.”
Yes, it is one thing to have cracks in our foundation that can easily be mended. But sometimes what we really need is a spiritual collision with our Lord and Savior. As surprising as it might seem, when those majestic waves crash along the immovable shoreline, there is more happening than meets the eye. In that collision between water and earth, it appears that the earth wins every time as the water withdraws back to its proper place in the ocean. However, did you know that every time those waters crash upon the beach, the shoreline is being changed? It may take some time, but gradually the relentless water reshapes and reforms the earth it crashes upon.
And it is the same in your life. We do not always see in the natural realm what is happening spiritually. You may think that God is distant and that He is not intervening in the way you wish that He would. It may look like your collision with Jesus hasn’t had the dramatic effect on you it should have. But like the waves of the ocean, His love is relentless – it is constantly reshaping and remaking your spiritual foundation so that you become a more accurate reflection of His Son.
And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory,
are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory,
which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
2 Corinthians 3:18