1. Stop & See

Short Meds in the Goodness of Life: 1. Stop & See

Part 1: Appreciating Life

Gen 2:7 Then the Lord God formed a man.. and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.

The things we take for granted are more than I could count on all my fingers and toes! The apostle Paul chided godless mankind for failing to see God in His world, for failing to appreciate the world He has made. The truth is that it is easy to take your eyes off reality and focus on the superficial. Throughout 2020 mankind has been focusing on Covid-19 and even many Christians have been struggling with coping with the imposed limitations because of the virus.

But one thing, among a number of things, that has been coming through this year, is a new appreciation of life and aspects of it. In the week ahead I want us to stop, to slow up and see afresh who we are. Many are still too caught up in the worries of the Pandemic but I believe we who are Christians are called to wake up to the wonders of who we are, and that has to start with the fact that we are beings designed in the image of God (Gen 1:26), living beings because God breathed life into us.

Now without going into detail of what that means (because these are supposed to be  brief meditations) the one thing we can say is that we exist because of God. To Jeremiah the Lord said, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you.” (Jer 1:5) The psalmist echoes the same thing: “Your hands made me and formed me.” (Psa 119:73) So used are we to thinking materially, that we struggle to think that God had a hand in bringing each and every one of us into being, yet the life that energises us is life granted by God as and when He wants He withdraw it. Moses understood this: the God who gives breath to all living things.” (Num 27:16). Americans serving in the White House have a saying, so I am led to believe: “I serve at the pleasure of the President.” We Christians ought, when no one else acknowledges it, declare, “I live by the pleasure of God.”

This series of short mediations will examine the wonder of what it means to be human, so that, just perhaps, we may appreciate these lives more and be more thankful to God.

A danger we have with Scripture is that we just read it and don’t let it sink in, we don’t let its truth permeate our very beings. If these things are true – and they are – then how about appreciating each new day in a new way as we pray: “Lord thank you for this new day, thank you for the gift of life, thank you for the person you have made me to be, thank you for the opportunities that lie before me in this day, to be the person you have designed me to be. Thank you for my life. Amen.”

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