In which I know nothing of holy

by Craig on September 9, 2011

as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, my thoughts higher than your thoughts." (Is 55:8,9)source

I sometimes think I come close to getting it…

but …

… “my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways” says the LORD, “as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, my thoughts higher than your thoughts.” (Is 55:8,9)

how can I understand fully the Person with so much power that this whole created universe was a flick of the wrist…

better yet…

speaking a word…

better yet…

thinking a thought…

and turning nothing into the vast array of swirling energy, and elements, and black holes, and gravity, and wonder.

All to make one little blue dot nestled on the edge of an arm of a galaxy – protected from the ravages of space.

God placed our privileged planet on a near outer arm of the galaxysource

There is an uncountable combination of factors that some say is chance, keeping this small, fragile planet, as the one perfect spot in the universe for human life.

The third planet out from the sun – any closer we burn.
If we have no moon we have no life.
If we don’t have Jupiter sucking up all the big debris we get bombarded.
If we aren’t tilted “just so” we don’t have seasons…
just a planet of fire and ice.
If we don’t have this spinning molten iron core…
so far below us that we don’t even know it’s there…
we don’t have a magnetic field to protect us.
Then there’s the paper thin atmosphere…
and then there are the plants…
that breathe in what would kill us…
and breathe out what we need to live…
and we do the same for them.

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The miracle that makes for this perfect planet existing in this universe is beyond any odds.

What do I even know…
of the uncreated One…
who created the universe…
and then became a creation?

How many times have I heard a sermon at a super church about God moving in “this direction” or that?

How many times do we predict the end of the earth and look silly?

And in considering the fullness of time, we come to this point…

200 BC-ish.

Greece was no longer the power it was…
Syria and Egypt were playing tug-of-war over the land that was Israel…
but no “empire” had enough power to control it…

and chaos reigned.

Then there was a family called Maccabees who they took advantage of the chaos to fill the power vacuum.

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If you’re Protestant you probably don’t much know about it. The story is told in those books that are only in the Catholic Bibles.

They thought they had it figured out too…
the Kingdom of God…
the restoration of Israel…
would be ushered in by them…
by the sword…
fending off Syria and Egypt.

But their brandishing of the sword only serves to bring about…

a much. bigger. sword.

The Roman eagle comes swooping in to quell the chaos in 63 BC.

The path to the fullness of time now winds. through. Rome.

More next time…

please come back.

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Martha Orlando September 9, 2011 at 12:15 pm

“What do I even know . . . of the uncreated One . . . who created the universe . . . and then became a creation?” This absolutely says it all. And, if your writing about the miracle of the creation of earth, a tiny speck in the infinite cosmos, doesn’t bring us to our knees in humbleness before our great God, I don’t know what will.

God bless you, Craig!

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Craig September 10, 2011 at 8:24 am

Martha, just the thought of that amazing paradox is mind blowing! Our Lord Jesus is uncreated – and because he created all things – that means he created himself – and he is both THE only creator – and a creation. There isn’t a brain alive can wrap itself fully around that concept. And I really do believe that God created the entire universe just to create the conditions for one blue planet – and us. God bless you Martha!

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Dawn September 9, 2011 at 1:22 pm

Dear Craig,

My chess-playing, Vanished-Planet inventing son, Samuel, will love this. I am sending him the link.

Basking in His rest,
Dawn

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Craig September 10, 2011 at 8:31 am

one day, I’d really like to delve into the full miraculous mystery that this planet is. When I think of the miracles that make for its possibility – it skyrockets my faith. I’ll never run out of subject matter on this blog! God bless you and your chess “winning” son Dawn!

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A. September 9, 2011 at 2:18 pm

Craig, how very, very true…and humbling. Your writing makes me think of God’s defense of himself in Job. In a way, it is a relief to think on these things because it confirms that we are very small in so many ways, but He is big and He is able and He does.

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Craig September 10, 2011 at 8:33 am

Amen A. I couldn’t say it better “it confirms that we are very small in so many ways, but He is big and He is able and He does.” so I won’t try ツ God bless and keep you A.

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Cora September 9, 2011 at 2:30 pm

I stand in awe, breathless, before such a majestic God!!!! And I feel so small. Isn’t it strange how we humans get to feeling like the whole universe revolves around US! I don’t know how many times in a day I feel like “it’s all about ME!” And here I am — barely a speck of insignificant dust floating in an unending, magnificant universe. Add to that thought — all this with a “fullness of time” when everything comes together just right and. . . He dies for me. ME!!!! Today, the song that goes through my head is “And can it be that I should gain an interest in my Saviour’s blood?” Some of those verses are priceless!!!!!

I’m so glad He is big and that He told us about that bigness. I feel secure in that!

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Craig September 10, 2011 at 8:37 am

I’ve thought a lot about our human self-centered nature – and it kind of makes a little “natural” sense – everything we see or sense from birth until death is witnessed from our own perspective. We never, ever, truly get to see something from another perspective. We can have empathy, and sympathy, and we can try – but no experience is ever like the experience that we experience ourselves – and that’s the difference between us and the animals – we can project beyond ourselves – we just have to love. Cora, thank you – you always add – make me think – and I always learn. God bless you Cora.

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Dawn September 9, 2011 at 7:15 pm

Dear Cora,

My very favorite hymn is “And Can It Be?” It really fits here.
I’m glad you thought of it.

Wondering,
Dawn

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Craig September 10, 2011 at 8:37 am

for both you and Cora – all these hymns – I haven’t been charged enough to know so many. ツ

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shannon September 9, 2011 at 7:55 pm

my oldest asked me today “who created God?”
I replied “no one baby, He just was.”
“really? like He was there before the earth?”
“yup”
“that’s cool!”

:)

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Craig September 10, 2011 at 8:41 am

and his name, Shannon, “I am” – in the Hebrew the verb is a little more broad – something like “I am that I am, I will prove to be what I shall prove to be.” he is the only uncreated thing – the only thing that relies on nothing other than himself to be. Your answer was perfect to your baby. And he was right – “that’s cool!” I heart that – I heart that he asked – and that he asked you – and I heart your answer. God bless and keep you Shannon.

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Andrea Dawn September 9, 2011 at 10:40 pm

The first two pictures are absolutely stunning . . . a perfect pairing with your wonderful words!
Thank you.

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Craig September 10, 2011 at 8:43 am

thank you Andrea Dawn, it means a lot to me that you would take the time to tell me that. I spend probably way too much time looking for pictures to match the words – so thank you for noticing, and telling me that the time was well spent. God bless!

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Debbie September 11, 2011 at 2:22 am

I love how you describe the Creator and the creation. You are so good at this!!! The way you do it pretty much squelches any big bang thoughts. ( at least to me! ha!)
God bless you and I’ll be back to learn more about the fullness of time.

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Craig September 20, 2011 at 4:33 pm

Debbie, I’m almost done catching up to comments, yours is one of the last ones. Thank you for being so encouraging. And don’t let anything squelch your “Big Bang” thoughts. The Big Bang is what the scientists who don’t very much like God in the equation are running around trying to actually disprove now. Good luck with that! The big bang says that from nothing was created something – which is the definition of a miracle. The big bang says there was a beginning to the universe – and logic dictates that anything with the beginning had a beginner. The Big Bang is another of the many proofs for the existence of God. We heart the Big Bang! God bless you Debbie!

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