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My Broken Road to Grace: Post Twenty One (Do You Trust the Creator?)
Wow what a beautiful morning! As I stepped outside the feel of fall was definitely in the air. That is somewhat unusual for us in this part of the world this time of year. It is usually hot here until around the end of September but I must tell you, the cooler weather and the thought of all that it will soon bring with it is always exciting to me.
Autumn is my favorite season of the year. It always was for as long as I can remember. I love the majestic beauty as the leaves change from the late summer deep green into the myriad of miraculous, breathtaking colors that only God in his infinite glory is capable of producing with the simple wave of his hand. I love the crisp, clean air in the early part of the day as I breathe in what feels like that which God has cleansed and recreated overnight as we slept and handed to us as the fresh new gift of an unmatched morning sky. It makes me realize that that hot, hot dog days of summer are slipping away.The sun hangs and sets differently in the sky, the song of the birds sound different and the anxious anticipation of football games, cookouts, parties, crisp apples and oh yes, falling leaves as they crunch under your feet are all awaited with anxious anticipation.
Don't get me wrong. I love all the seasons and am generally ready for each one as it arrives. With each comes a new expectation of the things with which it is generally associated and for me, each year that I live, a deeper and deeper appreciation for the power of the creator who orchestrates it all. As I consider God in all his glory and marvel in the power that comes with just the changing of the seasons (no small feat) for who among us could do it? I am equally astounded that there are those who not only believe but attempt to convince others that these things just happen.
The notion for me that the daily function of the world as it turns on its axis is just some random action of nature, on it's own. guiding by nothing or no one is simply unthinkable. Certainly scientist can and do explain the "how" of such things but what about the "why" or better yet in my mind the "who" is behind it or outside of it all. I am not a genius, far from it and there are others who as my father used to say could "lay me in the shade" when it comes to the explanation of such matters on a scientific basis and of those the are some who simply refuse to even consider a melding of scientific theory and religious belief in the simple and in my mind, narrow minded view that the two cannot co-exist.
For years I struggled with certain issues of faith, creation verses evolution, the virgin birth and the death and resurrection of Christ to name a few. During that time Satan used my own "intelligence" as a means of tripping me up by trying to convince me that if I couldn't understand it then it simply couldn't be right. What an arrogant and self appreciative position, who was I after all to second guess God and even attempt to give the impression that I was anywhere close to being able to understand Him in all His glory or ever would be?
No my friends, it took my coming to grips with this one simple fact. I don't care who you are, where you came from or if you have an IQ of 70 or 160. God created you and thus you are accountable to Him. Those things I don't understand simply no longer matter. I probably never will. What I do understand is this, regardless of the event or how it might have actually taken place, God is in fact outside of it and responsible for it all. How He might have chosen to bring this or that into being is far less important in the overall scheme of things than the fact that He did.
What we must do as Christians then is to simply choose to believe that the above statement is true and move forward on faith knowing not only that God is in fact glorious but also in complete control. Ephesians 1:19 says: "and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might?" The same God who causes the sun to rise and set, changes the season from summer to fall, and approves each and every breath you take, created the heaven and the earth, sent His Son Jesus to be born of a virgin and die on a cross, then rise again that we might be saved, allows us to exist here day in and day out to enjoy the beauty of that world he created.
If you can't believe that my friends then your "thinker" is stuck and you need to get really introspective. God created us, He loves us and forgives us. All He wants is for us to return that love. If you haven't do so today and you will be glad you did.