Perspective. How easy it is for me to lose perspective. Specifically, how easy to look at life and the world around me from my limited perspective when God is inviting me in so many ways to look up and out and let the Holy Spirit open my eyes and heart to the God’s presence in all things. Whether it is the vastness of the cosmos, or the unimaginably minute, God is.
Genesis 1 is BIG picture stuff. It goes with the first verses of John’s gospel, which are usually associated by many of us with the miracle that is Christmas Eve. Every year we read, In the beginning the Word already existed; the Word was with God, and the Word was God. From the very beginning the Word was with God. Through him God made all things; not one thing in all creation was made without him. The Word was the source of life, and this life brought light to people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has never put it out. (John 1:1-5)
I need that reminder because I wrestle with the darkness within me that clashes with the light of God’s presence and keeps me from living the life I’m created to live. We pray God’s will be done here on earth as it is in heaven, for darkness seems at times to be getting the upper hand. It is at those times it is best for me to pause, and behold the wonder of God, the creation in which I live, and the loving relationship God is seeking. I need to breathe in the wonder of Psalm 8:
O LORD, our Lord, your greatness is seen in all the world! Your praise reaches up to the heavens; it is sung by children and babies. You are safe and secure from all your enemies; you stop anyone who opposes you. When I look at the sky, which you have made, at the moon and the stars, which you set in their places—what are human beings, that you think of them; mere mortals, that you care for them?
Yet you made them inferior only to yourself; you crowned them with glory and honor. You appointed them rulers over everything you made; you placed them over all creation: sheep and cattle, and the wild animals too; the birds and the fish and the creatures in the seas. O LORD, our Lord, your greatness is seen in all the world! (Psalm 8:1-9)
It is in this context, I present Friday night’s showing of Rob Bell’s “Everything is Spiritual.” I’ve seen “Everything is Spiritual” several times, and still can’t wait to share it and see it again. From Genesis to Revelation, Bell presents the transcending arc of God’s presence and purpose. He steps back and beholds the BIG picture in a way that for me, is breathtaking. The unique thing about Bell is that he has spent a lot of time with Rabbis, so he brings a broader and deeper understanding of the Old Testament than most pastors, including yours truly.
Hope to see you Friday night for pizza and a movie… and then Sunday as we behold the glory and love of God.