As for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, And at the last He will take His stand on the earth
The snow has prevented any early morning running. So, instead I walk to work, which is about a 50 minute walk to Downtown Boston. On my way into work there are some days when the beauty is breathtaking. Fresh snow, blue skies and bright, vivid light. It’s a treat to be able to do that walk. When I was walking yesterday morning a young man was clearing snow on the sidewalk. He moved to the side to let me pass. I said ‘Thank you’ and he replied, with a smile, ‘Certainly’. Yes, I thought to myself, certainly. With all the beauty, the kindness of the people around me and my good health that allowed me do the walk, certainly there must be someone behind all of this. Certainly, there must be God. The world is full of terrible things that make us question His existence and His kindness. But surely, no one else can design a shrub that can survive a brutal winter and still produce beautiful flower come Spring. Or design a sky so blue that it contrasts perfectly with the whiteness of the snow that can be rolled into balls and sculpted into a snowman, all for the joy and pleasure of young children. Not forgetting the sound design of laughter that comes with that. Look around you today. Take in what has been designed around you. Really look closely. And be certain of God – Amen!
Let’s hope there’s no fires!
The view from my basement window. Is there anybody out there!
God called the dry ground “land” and the gathered waters he called “seas.” God saw that it was good.
I was given a book this week by one of our Pastor’s and it’s been very helpful in giving me some inspiration to write. Very timely! It’s by Timothy Keller and the title is ‘Every Good Endeavor’ – connecting your work to God’s work. I’d never really thought about God creating the world as Him working. I have an image of God just sitting there effortlessly creating the world. Of course, I haven’t a clue how He created it but, for sure, He was working. And He was enjoying working. So much that at the end of each day, He said that ‘It was good’. Do we do that? I don’t think I do. I think I’m just relieved to get on the train and leave it all behind….in tatters. But our work should be a continuation of God’s work. How do we know that? Because He allowed us to do things that He could easily have done. He let us name all the animals. He named the stars and could have easily names the animals as well. He gave us the raw materials to make textiles and building materials. He could have done everything we have achieved but He let us do the work. So, why aren’t we as joyful in doing work as He was? I think it’s because we see it as a chore. We don’t connect God’s work to ours. But whatever we do for a living, we are continuing God’s work. Let’s think about what we do and try to connect it back to God. How is our work beneficial or useful to others beyond what it does for us? (Money, self-esteem etc). Once we answer the question we start to see how it is a continuation of God’s work. It doesn’t have to change what we do but it may change how we go about doing it or what we believe the result of our work is, remembering that God can finish things that we start. We may even start to realize that it’s not at all pointless and that indeed, some of it ‘is good’!
This post, courtesy of Mr Keller!
Pray with me
Heavenly Father, help us to understand what our work is all about and make some sense of its role in our lives. Help us to fulfill and carry on your good work in a way that is joyful, unselfish and of benefit to others – Amen!