This past fall, my wife and I took a vacation to Maine. Our first couple days were spent in Portland, where we tasted local cuisine and visited several lighthouses in the area. However, the majority of our time was spent in Acadia National Park in Bar Harbor. The park consists of 49,000 acres of trees, mountains, and winding hiking trails. We spent several days climbing mountains for scenic lookouts and hiking through the woods.

My favorite part, however, was the Acadian coast. While there are some sandy beaches in Maine, a large portion of the coast is craggy rocks cut by the salty tide. Amanda and I spent hours hopping from jagged rock to jagged rock up the coastline while we listened to the sound of the Atlantic crashing against the stone beneath us. Every now and then we would stop and gaze out at the endless body of water before us. Standing on the edge of the Atlantic can be overwhelming. No matter how hard you strain your eyes or concentrate, there is nothing but a vast and endless sea. It feels infinite, both in its length and depth.

There is this old David Crowder song entitled “How He Loves.” One line in the song always strikes me, “If His grace is an ocean we’re all sinking.” I think sometimes we view God’s grace toward us as a conditional thing. Somehow we believe if we pray more, let some time pass, spend more time in God’s Word, punish ourselves to show God we are sorry; then God will finally forgive us and extend His grace to us. We forget that the grace of God is bottomless. Deeper and wider than the Atlantic. We forget that the blood of Jesus drowned our sin. Paul says in Ephesians,“In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight” (Eph. 1:7-8). I love that word “lavished.” I almost get the picture of jumping off one of those jagged rocks and being submerged into the Atlantic. If you are believer in Jesus, you have been covered and lavished with God’s grace. God’s grace is good enough that we still need it on our best day, and God’s grace is big enough to covers us on our worst day. And it doesn’t just cover most of our sin, it covers all of our sin.

When we fall short, God is not waiting for you to punish yourself and show how serious you are. Instead Scripture says, “If you confess your sins, he is faithful and just to forgive you of your sins, and cleanse you from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). He invites us to experience and dive into the salty sea of grace.