The Spark

Posted on July 12, 2007 by

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Tonight I was sitting in my backyard just enjoying God’s creation. I think that is something that we as Christians need to do more often, just slow down and appreciate the beautiful world that God has given us to enjoy. One of the things that made me smile were the fireflies. They were out tonight, not overly so but they dotted the evening sky and added some interest to the already gorgeous night. While watching them and looking at the trees and the sky I got to thinking.

It’s truly amazing that God is in everything in creation. I’m not speaking of a pantheistic theology here but more in the way the He sustains all life. He has the power and the right to just give up on all creation and release His loving hold on us. Of course this would be the end of the world as we know it (cue R.E.M. song) But He doesn’t. He thinks enough of all life to sustain it, to keep us going as it were.

I started to think about how this applies to us as Christians and how this should affect the way that we view the world… and the people in it. It gives a whole new meaning to self-worth. How can we put ourselves down when the creator of all things, savior of our souls, thinks enough of us to sustain us. It makes it a little harder to think that you are worthless, or that what you do doesn’t matter. God woke us up today for a reason, He allows us to live for a reason. Thank God that He loves us so much.

It also should affect the way that we look at those around us. It’s easy to see God in a magnificent sunrise or set. Or to see his handy work when we look at the ones we love. But think about this, God sustains all life. That means even those we don’t really like, or the ones that really annoy us. God wakes every person up, and has a reason to continue their existence. Extrapolate this beyond the mere dislikes or annoyances in our everyday lives; what about the mass murder, the rapist, the thief, those committing(ed) genocide, the drug addicts, the kid on the side walk with a mo-hawk and enough facial jewelery to open up a store. All these people God has and is sustaining. As Christians we have the obligation to , if nothing else, recognize that God sustains them. Even more so, that He has a purpose for them. It makes everyday life a little harder, but a lot more fulfilling. To be able to see the fingerprints of God (cue Stephen Curtis Chapman song) in every person we meet is a duty and a blessing. C.S. Lewis says it this way

“There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations – these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with , marry, snub, and exploit – immortal horrors or everlasting splendours.” (The Weight of Glory)

When he says that each person is either an immortal horror or and everlasting splendour, he is talking about the state of our immortal souls. How in the presence of God either our faults are washed away and we reside with God forever, or all that is good in us vanishes and all that is left is our depraved, fallen souls. So it is not enough to see that God has thought enough to sustain all those that are alive, he has a purpose. And we, as His followers should try to help everyone we have a relationship with (our neighbors) to become/achieve what God has planned for them. As Lewis put it, to push them to become the everlasting splendour.

You could continue and make connection to the command not to judge (Matthew 7:1), and being all things to all people so that we may save some ( 1 Corinthians 9:22).  But I will leave that to you.

So these are my thoughts from watching fireflies, strange how God makes connections for you sometimes isn’t it?

Be Blessed

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