In which there is contemplation of “the fullness of time”

by Craig on August 5, 2011

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Lord, if You arrived on the path of history just a little later…

or just a little earlier…

how many of us  would know You now?

I began, in the hours before dawn, to write something totally different…
but my mind suddenly wanted to think about this amazing timing…
And so I gave in.

And this post will be written as directed to God, because it’s more than just a recitation of history, it’s a contemplation and meditation of His perfect hands on and through history.

I think, Lord, of how mankind once knew You personally.
How there was a Garden…
and how You walked with Adam and Eve…
and talked with them like we talk to each other.

And how that time was brief as a single breath – and humanity gradually lost all sight of You.

Then in very ancient times You revealed Yourself to just. one. person…
Abraham…
and during a time when there were more “gods” worshipped than any moment in history…
each nation had their own, each region, and city, and household…
and even each person had their own god to whom they worshipped…
and there were no atheists or agnostics – but all believers – believers without light…
lost in the haze of their own of their own misunderstanding…

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until…

to one man You began to share Your mysteries again…
and so the world which had forgotten You, would begin to be reminded…
as You called, and directed, and befriended just. one. man.

You are always so big Lord, and always so intimate.

Then, revelation unfolded through the history of one tiny nation, intertwined with the history of Great Empires.

Then You came, personally, and took Your place…

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…the culmination of revelation.

And the timing of that moment, which Scripture calls “the fullness of time”…

But when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to ransom those under the law, so that we might receive adoption. (GAL 4:4-5)

It astounds me.

There had to be a Law first…
the children of the Law had to reject You…
so that we could be adopted by You…
and it all had to unfold…
exactly. as. it. did.

Stunning!

I’m amazed again how You wove all the strands of history together…
while allowing each strand to weave independently and freely.

And I think a little miniseries is in the offing.
Because Your progressive revelation through time…
and Your arrival as Messiah…
and the birth of Your Church…
it’s all too miraculous to be rushed through…
and I know just looking into it again will be…
praise by study…
and praise by sharing…
and praise is always good.

A glimpse at the path ahead:

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Everything happening. Just. So.
•    Canaan, Sumer, Assyria, Babylon, Egypt…
•    The Jews: the expectation of Messiah, and the rise and fall of the Holy nation.
•    The Greeks:  the philosophers, the pristine, precise and nearly perfect language.
•    The Romans: the roads, the stability, the dying off of mythology, the Pax Romana.

On the big scale it all shows me how magnificently the strands of history converged on one moment.

On a personal scale it reminds me that I can’t be “there” without being “here” first…

patience…

and knowing I’m in Your hands…

and Your timing is far better than mine.

This is going to be extreme fun for me…

More on the fullness of time

In which is the chair everyone wants (pt2)

In which ancient is retold in “technicolor” ™(pt3)

In which there is a little nobody of a nation

In which we all have fullness of times

In which there is the “if” prayer

In which there is a personal “fullness of time”

In which there is more on a personal fullness of time

In which lines near the point of convergence

In which the pawn of history is the fulcrum of the fullness of time

 

 

 

 

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Andrea Dawn August 5, 2011 at 1:23 pm

I will be coming along for the ride. I have always been fascinated by the concept of time and how the timing of events seems critical to their success or failure. I have seen God’s hand move on my behalf “just in time” on countless occasions and love hearing testimonies of “timely” rescues, conversations, etc. “On the big scale it all shows me how magnificently the strands of history converged on one moment.” – when I read this sentence an often repeated line from the old TV show “The A-Team” popped into my head: “I love it when a plan comes together.” So I am eagerly awaiting the unfolding of your plan to write about the most magnificent plan that ever came together.

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Craig August 6, 2011 at 10:51 am

Andrea Dawn – I read both of your comments – and don’t worry – if you DID watch the A-team – there were lots of people watching it with you. Silly as the show seems today – it was a hit then. And Amen – maybe God would say, “I love it when a plan comes together” He has such good plans for us – he doesn’t want us to hurt – he doesn’t want us to fail – he wants us to succeed that he wants us to have joy – and off we go into the wrong places, and with the wrong thoughts, and rejecting his joy and replacing it with anxiety – so often we take his plan and we trample it. And yet, nothing – NOTHING could stop his freight train of grace. Thank you Andrea Dawn – thank you – and God bless and keep you.

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Dawn August 5, 2011 at 1:35 pm

Craig,

I’m on my way to work so I’ll just say “Me, too” to what Andrea Dawn said except the part about the A-Team which I never watched.

Blessings,
Dawn

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Andrea Dawn August 5, 2011 at 4:17 pm

Dawn, I never really watched the A-Team either, but my husband did and I remember hearing that line almost every episode. Kind of stuck there, I guess.

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Craig August 6, 2011 at 3:48 pm

Dawn, thank you for the “me too” but I can’t believe you never watched the A-team – that’s… That’s… That’s… Bordering on heresy of some kind! God bless you Dawn !

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Martha Orlando August 5, 2011 at 6:46 pm

I’ve had to learn much about His timing over the last year and a half; just because I think it should be so doesn’t mean it’s right as it is all in His plan. Only God has the timing and knows when things should happen for the goodness and well-being of His people, His children.

We all need to trust and have faith that our Lord is working everything together for good in those who believe. Patience is the key.

Tremendously thoughtful and eloquent post, Craig!

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Craig August 6, 2011 at 11:00 am

Amen about God’s timing Martha, I know exactly the same thing that you know – we both know his timing is better – and despite knowing it – were inpatient. How much he loves us – to be so patient with us. I’m praying today for more patience, and more trust, for me, and you, and while I’m at it – everybody else :-) thank you very much for your kind words Martha, and God bless and keep you.

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shannon August 5, 2011 at 7:03 pm

thank you for your words

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Craig August 6, 2011 at 11:02 am

and thank YOU Shannon, for reading my words. Thank you, and God bless and keep you!

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Michelle August 8, 2011 at 7:02 am

Andrea Dawn and Dawn…….you never watched the A-Team?……..you missed out on so much!!

But anyways, Craig, looking forward to the new journey.

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Craig August 8, 2011 at 1:58 pm

I KNOW! Can you believe they never watched the A-team? Such a classic – such a classic. And I’m going to heart looking back at the convergences that made the point in history where Jesus arrived – the perfect point – the fullness of time. It’ll be a big faith boost. God bless you Michelle!

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A. August 9, 2011 at 7:01 am

i never watched A team either. now i am curious.

this entire post read like one of your poems, to me, Craig. And your pictures are indispensable I especially loved the first one and how portrays the feeling of the mystery of time..

“I’m amazed again how You wove all the strands of history together…
while allowing each strand to weave independently and freely.” So true and one of the great mysteries to me…how He does that and how He personally relates to soooooo many and makes all their interconnected things work for good and work at all. Love the places you take us in these posts!

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