creation

Ransom {ex30:12}

Photo © Unsplash/Sharon McCutcheon

Photo © Unsplash/Sharon McCutcheon

Imagine having to pay for your life
the way you pay for your heat
the way you buy your electricity
the way you purchase water and sewer.

Perhaps if we received
a monthly bill for
"Life-Services Rendered"
     breath and
     blood and
     heart beating and
     neurons firing and
     general suspension of the return-to-dust clause

we would remember that
life is a utility we can't generate
and be immune to
the otherwise-all-pervasive plague
of self-sufficiency.

 

God is orderly.

God is orderly.

2 Chronicles 35

As a church musician, I have always been intrigued with the somewhat-common idea (amongst musicians especially) that letting the Holy Spirit work means preparing very little (or not at all) ahead of time. Have you ever encountered that attitude? I actually worked with a group of musicians once who steadfastly refused to rehearse in the belief that leaving themselves totally open "in the moment" would allow the Holy Spirit to control and direct all their music.

God doesn't make junk.

God doesn't make junk.

2 Kings 17

Evil, evil, and more evil. Where does it all lead? To the ruin of God’s creation! Did you notice this verse? "But [the Israelites] would not listen and were as stiff-necked as their ancestors, who did not trust in the Lord their God. They rejected his decrees and the covenant he had made with their ancestors and the statutes he had warned them to keep. They followed worthless idols and themselves became worthless." (vs 14-15)

God knew you before you were born.

God knew you before you were born.

JUDGES 13

When it comes to God, one of the hardest things to wrap my finite, little mind around is the fact that He stands outside of Time. As creatures who are so attached to linear time, it is nearly impossible to discuss this aspect of God, because even the words we use to talk about it—past, present, and future—are all words that are irrevocably linked to linear time. God is outside of and above all of these things.

God doesn't make copies.

God doesn't make copies.

EXODUS 39

If you have never seen Milos Forman’s Oscar-winning 1984 film, Amadeus, you really must. It is arguably one of the best films of all time. It is also (though I don’t know if the writer or director intended this) one of the best examples of the insanity and self-destructiveness of sin. If you have seen it, you will surely remember the scene where Mozart’s wife brings a portfolio of her husband’s music to Antonio Salieri for review.

A Creation Prayer {gn1:1}

Photo © CreationSwap/kevin carden

Photo © CreationSwap/kevin carden

God with no beginning—
who attends every other beginning
(or it wouldn't be)

God with no ending—
who brings us to the end of ourselves
(or we wouldn't be)

God who begins us always,
always in the middle of the story
(the story that will forever be)

Begin
Me
Again

you, the genesis
you, the finale

and me (always,
always) centered in you

 

God is resourceful.

God is resourceful.

GENESIS 2

When I was growing up, one of my favorite television programs was MacGyver. (And I just have to go on record that I think the current reincarnation of this great TV classic is a total travesty! Ha ha, back to more important things.)

Every week, I was fascinated by Richard Dean Anderson who played the wily agent who always seemed to find himself in a pickle. What fascinated me, however, was that no matter what situation he found himself in, MacGyver was somehow able to use what was at hand to rescue himself and others from certain doom. It seemed he could make anything if he had enough paper clips or masking tape.

God is large and in charge... sort of.

God is large and in charge... sort of.

GENESIS 1

I love the creation story so much, but I think we're so familiar with it, that it has lost a great deal of its punch. Recently, I closed my eyes and tried to imagine being in the presence of someone who could speak a word and make something appear. Even the smallest thing—let alone an ocean or a sun or a redwood! I tried to imagine what it would have been like to watch Creation Week unfold, as God moved elements and formed new things with Just. His. Words.