All creatures of our God and king!
Lift up your voice and with us sing!
O praise Him, Alleluia!
Thou burning sun with golden beam,
thou silver moon with softer gleam
O praise Him, O praise him
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
This weeks theme is “Creating”, and so using lyrics from this hymn seems fitting – for the lord God DID make them all. And so, it seems to fit well with the basic themes we are going with here – God created all, the creatures, nature, etc (at least, that’s what I was taught way back in nursery school)
From Colossians 1: 15-17 (HCSB)
He is the image of the invisible God,
the firstborn over all creation;
16 because by Him everything was created,
in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible,
whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—
all things have been created through Him and for Him.
17 He is before all things, and by Him all things hold together.
He is creation, and He created all. He created what we see – the lush green grass, the shining sun, the clear blue sky. The dog with the wagging tail, and the child’s laughter. But he also created what we don’t see – the internal structures of our being, our souls,, emotions, hope, love, joy, peace… it all streams back to Him. And He was before them, and He is the duct tape that holds it all together.
2 Cor 5:17 (HCSB) 17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation; old things have passed away, and look, new things have come.
God not only DID create, but He continues to create. He is creating more and more every day . Within His people, He is molding and shaping us to become better and better creations. And as the old things fade into dust, He uses the new to mold us and shape us into better creations. Creation isn’t just what we see when we look outside – it’s not just the freshly fallen blanket of snow, nor is it the brightly coloured leaves that flutter to the ground. But when people “convert” to Christianity, He continues to mold, create, and work towards the state of perfection.
I feel like this blog was very half-hearted. First, I have no profound thoughts on Creation. I’ve been taught since I was a child that God created everything, and so this is nothing new to me. Really, what is there to say about creation that hasn’t been said? It’s hard, though, because even though I KNOW it, do I really believe it? Do I really “Praise God from whom all blessings all flow, Praise Him all creatures hear below! Praise Him above ye heavenly hosts. Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost” like the doxology says? I mean, if He created everything, then He created all those blessings. He created all those creatures, and the Heavenly hosts. But as I’ve said before, knowing and believing are two different things. At times I feel that I’m frozen, and that I’m waiting for a thaw. I know all these things, or I’ve heard them somewhere along the line, but applying them to my life and fully BELIEVING them is a new, scary concept. And I have to wonder… am I ready to make the plunge out into that unknown? I know what it’s like to KNOW, but I don’t fully know what it’s like to BELIEVE.