24 Jul A Breath of Fresh Air
It has been a little hot lately. Yes, I know some of you are audibly responding, A little?!?! Well, maybe more than just a little. The heat makes it really hard to appreciate being outside. No matter how pretty the day is, we begin to feel the effects of the heat almost immediately, and any appreciation for the day evaporates.
There is unbelievable beauty in God’s creation. God has a plan for all of it. God knew the purposes for every part of creation, from the smallest amoeba to the great blue whale…and everything in between. We may not always see the plan or understand the details, but we trust the One who created it all.
Our men’s small group is studying “Ephesians” by J.D. Greear. One of his teachings takes place in a garden. As Greear walks around the garden for some b-roll footage, it does not really look that impressive. As he completes his walk-through of the garden, the camera cuts to a shot from a drone above the garden. It was a shot that showed the entire garden: it exposed the symmetry and mastery of the gardener who designed and built it. It is striking.
In a split second, the viewer moves from an overlay of different shades of green with no clear understanding of context or design to something completely different. There is order and a clear path. I was amazed by the handiwork of what is truly a masterpiece.
It is easy to lose our context. Our perspective is so internally driven at times that we can lose sight of the big picture. Just like with oppressive heat, it takes a brief cool snap to provide the break we need.
God created this universe, and God knows how all of history plays out. Even when we wander off the path, God knows how to get us back. This is why we need worship and time trying to understand God’s Word: The Bible.
Worship is important because it reconnects us with our Creator. It is a breath of fresh air, a crisp, cool morning, and a drink of cool water…all, at the same time. When we worship and celebrate God, we are able to draw back from the busyness of life, where we tend to lose perspective. Then, we are able to see more clearly the path God has for us. Jesus is always leading us closer to Him and each other.
Worship is a great way to get us there. As the summer comes to a close, it may be time to reflect on how important worship has been in your life. It is vital to keep us connected to God, and there is no time like the present to get back to church. Your whole world will come into focus, and God will meet you there.
Blessings to you,