Monday, March 8, 2010

Because God Said So...


We exist in a man’s world.  I’m not speaking of gender, but of humanity.  The recreation of planet Earth was an environmental gift to the human generations.  Because God said so.  “ And God said, ‘Let there be…,’ and there was…” Genesis 1:3.   It was a world of functionality, not a world of restrictions.  The skies, oceans and soil were seeded with possibilities.  Divinity rent His personality to reproduce His creative, functional Life in the Earthen atmosphere.  A designer world with both beauty and practicality.  A single tree springs from the dust and covers fifteen feet of paradise with cooling shade, sculpted branches and an array of leafy colors.  Furthermore it provides fruit for our succulent nourishment and reliable wood for fuel and shelter.  God created a sensible, sensual and picturesque environment for our eternal satisfaction.  He did this for you and I.
From the Genesis of human life, what picture is God painting?  What details would He have us discover?  What is He communicating?  The fall of mankind from the open relationship we enjoyed with Divinity often gets a good deal more publicity than the magnificent statement He made to our Dust.  “And God said, ‘Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit.  You shall have them for food.  And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life.  I have given every plant for food.’  And it was so,” Genesis 1:29-30.  To the first Man and the first Women in essence God said, “Here, have it all.  Enjoy it, use it, bless it, keep it functional and prospering.”  No strings attached.  The heart of Divinity really wanted humanity to have a good, eternal experience on planet Earth. “And God blessed them and said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth’,” Genesis 1:28.    
Notice something with me for a moment.  Genesis 2:5-9 pulls our perspective closer.  We take a zoom lens look at the formation of the Ad’am from dust.  “When no bush of the field was yet in the land and no small plant of the field had yet sprung up – for the Lord God had not caused it to rain on the land and there was no man to work the ground, and a mist was going up from the land and was watering the whole face of the ground – then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature. And the Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and there he put the man whom he had formed.  And out of the ground the Lord God made to spring up every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food.”  Notice something: God breathed, God planted, and God made to spring up.  God made it all happen.  God caused it.  God said and it was so.  Now widen the view.  Let your camera lens take in the entire Universe.  God said and it was so.  This great gift of Life and atmosphere, of beauty and function, of possibility and authority was given to us because God declared that it should be that way.  What a portrait.  The Divine Heart wanted us to have all this!  For the Greatest Among Men has said, “Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks,” Matthew 12:34.  
Now close your eyes and look again at a man’s world before man lost his place.  The Divine Heart is here fully expressed to us.  “Adam, Eve I made you able.  Here is the whole Earth.  Go at it!  I’ve given you what it takes!”  It’s what I hear anyway.  A Divine Heart respecting the nature of His creation.  Divinity had made the Dust able.  God saw with His own pure eyes that the creation was good.  It was functional and capable.  It was beautiful and sensual.  It lacked nothing.  I paint for you strokes of generosity, freedom and respect.  That’s what I see anyway.

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