“No matter who you are, where you’re from, or what perspective you have in life, all of us can recognize a common theme emerging in the world. We see it in the stories we love, we see it in history, we see it in our own lives. There is beauty and innocence, interrupted by tragedy and sadness, followed by longing for rescue, and hope for a better day. We love the stories best where a hero comes along to set the world right and bring a new day to pass where we return to that place of beauty and innocence again…changed of course…but back home again. That story is older than the middle ages, the Roman Empire, or even the Bible. It is the story written on the very heart of God…woven into our lives because we were made in His image.” ~Aaron Horton
20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.
I read this quote today from Aaron, someone I don’t know, on Youversion.com (which by the way is one of the coolest developments in the Christian community these day… a Bible reader, journal, and a social network all in one). It made me reflect today about God’s invisible qualities. Since the beginning of time, God has been using his eternal and divine power to make himself known to us. His invisible qualities… His goodness, His transcendence, His compassion, His justice, His power… can be clearly seen in all of the world. It is truly undeniable when we look at how the earth is put together, the formation of all in the intricate parts of our beings, we can see God in all that has been made. We are without excuse.
This line especially, impacted my heart: “There is beauty and innocence, interrupted by tragedy and sadness, followed by longing for rescue, and hope for a better day.” This is true in almost ever facet of human life. Do you observe these on daily basis? I do … here is my list
Beauty and innocence– Insert the faces of your own children or some with whom you have a deep and loving relationship. Here are mine!
Tragedy and sadness– The school fire in Uganda that took the lives of 19 young girls. The doors were locked, it was a homicide.
Longing for rescue– My friend Bex’s story of her host mother where she is living and serving in North Africa. There is a deep longing in the account of the need for rescue!
Hope for a better day– Lamentations 3
21 Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: ;
22 Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. ;
23 They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. ;
24 I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.” ;
25 The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; ;
26 it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.
I think I could end every day with a list like this and some producer could make a movie out of it. There is a longing in our spirits for something more, something deeper, something meaningful. But God’s invisible qualities are everywhere we look, there is evidence of Him in everything and this is where I am placing my HOPE! I am committed to spending some time is this next month learning more about the attributes of God and seeing Him in ordinary and every day places.