In springtime, we especially enjoy the reawakening delights of the world around us: The ingenuity of camouflage. The intricacy of cell structures. The infinite variety of flowers. The incredible endurance of tiny hummingbirds migrating across the Caribbean. The perfect balance of the ingredients for life. The wisdom of birds in my mom’s yard to figure out how to glue down their nest materials with mud after the wind blew away their first attempts. The exuberance of a deer (seen on Facebook ) dancing in and out of a big puddle. The devotion of a dog….
Eyes to see, ears to hear–all the senses to appreciate all these things. Minds and hearts with which to thank and praise their—and our—Creator.
These are all “Rumors of Another World”—as Philip Yancey says in his book of that title. Glimpses of the transcendence that people are so fascinated with and seek so avidly. It’s all there if only we would open our eyes and hearts!
Heaven above is softer blue, earth around is richer green;
Something lives in every hue Christless eyes have never seen.
Birds with gladder songs o’erflow, flowers with deeper beauty shine
Since I know, as now I know, I am His and He is mine.
by George W. Robinson
You can hear the song at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0S5BZJDlGw
I love the paradoxes that describe Jesus. He defies being put into a box. Those who know Him revel in the fact that he’s both…
My Shepherd and yet my sacrificial Lamb (John 10:11 & John 1:29)
My God and yet my Brother (John 20:28 & Luke 8:21)
My Creator and yet my Companion (John 1:3 & Matthew 28:20)
Eternal yet killed (and of course raised to life) (John 1:1; 19:30 & chapter 20)
Master and yet Servant (Jude 1:4 & Mark 10:45)
And much, much more!
Christ is the visible image of the invisible God.
He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation,
for through him God created everything
in the heavenly realms and on earth.
He made the things we can see
and the things we can’t see—
such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world.
Everything was created through him and for him.
He existed before anything else,
and he holds all creation together.
Christ is also the head of the church, which is his body.
He is the beginning, supreme over all who rise from the dead.
So he is first in everything.
For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ,
and through him God reconciled everything to himself.
He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth
by means of Christ’s blood on the cross. (Colossians 1:15-20)
Maranatha! Come, Lord Jesus!
I’m a pretty ordinary person, nothing special. So what kind of a King would even notice me, one of his millions of subjects, much less single me out for special love and favor? How can I wrap my head around (pardon the trite idiom) the fact that the Creator and King of the Universe
–wants to be with me
–delights in me
–smiles on me
–sings over me
–lavishes me with good gifts
–tenderly cares for me & works out the details of my life?
Here’s where a switch to the Father metaphor helps. As my Abba, I can more easily think of these intimate aspects of His concern for me. How amazing to have the Sovereign of all time and space as my own Father! How can I begin to grasp the paradox of His love for little ol’ me?
…may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. (Ephesians 3:18-19 NLT)