Monday, October 15, 2012

WEAVINGS: The Circle of Life

 
"Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground
 and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life,
and the man became a living being."
Gen. 2:7NIV

"Ashes to ashes, Dust to dust..."

These words immediately set the scene in our minds of a burial plot in the cemetery. Friends and loved ones dressed in black, gather around a casket, saying farewell to the deceased. Gloomy, surreal, like a scene in a movie. Yet it reflects something so very real: the curse of death upon all humankind, the result of sin.
"for dust you are and to dust you will return."Genesis 3:19b
I am fascinated by this weaving of life: that human life began with something so insignificant as dust. And, it returns to that very same substance of seemingly nothingness.
 
The thought that even God could create something so intricately delicate and detailed as the human body from something so basic as dust is beyond what our minds can comprehend. It is most certainly something that only an all-knowing, all-powerful, living God could do. He wove man (Adam) from the dust of the earth. But He didn't stop there!
 
His next weaving? Taking a rib from Adam, God created woman (Eve). His intention was to weave man and woman together from the very start. The significance? Relationship.
"The man said, 'This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.'" Gen. 2:23
We know how the story goes. The curse of death came upon the earth through disobedience to God. Adam and Eve were enticed by Satan to eat from the Tree of the Life. Genesis Chapter 3.
 
But the evidence of God's hand weaving this circle of life is evident in all creation. The gravitational pull is one evidence I see. As I grow older, this tugging at our bodies to keep us grounded becomes more and more obvious. The sagging skin, the increase of pain and physical dysfunction are red flags reminding us of impending death. They are also testimonies of a God who has woven earth into the very fiber of our being.
"Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later...For we know that all creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. And we believers also groan, even though we have the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of future glory, for we long for our bodies to be released from sin and suffering. We, too, wait with eager hope for the day when God will give us our full rights as his adopted children, including the new bodies he has promised us. We were given this hope when we were saved." Romans 8:18-27NLT
 
It makes the hope of salvation through Christ even more special, doesn't it? To think that our bodies were made from, and return to...nothing but dust?  Our lives here on earth, the things we strive for, the importance we place on our physical bodies, only to deteriorate into nothingness. Yet, God has made a way for us to live forever with Him. He promises to give us new bodies! Painless. Eternal. Glorious!

Will you take a step of faith this morning?
Make sure your Maker is your God, your God is your Maker. The God who formed us from the dust of the earth recreates us into His glorious image. He sacrificed His very own son to reverse the curse of death.

Defy gravity!
  • Breathe a fresh prayer of repentance, acceptance, belief in Jesus Christ today.
  • Renew your vow of obedience to Him.
  • Allow Him to permeate every cell of your existence. 
 
 


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I am a speaker, writer, artist and an ordained minister in the Church of the Nazarene. I lead the women at NewarkNaz in Newark, Ohio. In 1998, God gave me a vision for Woven: Women of Virtue Network. It's a blessing to be involved in so many women's lives. Sometimes I think my heart will burst.
So very thankful for my hubby Mark. Extremely proud of my daughter speaker/author Nicole and son-in-law Matthew Bromley. Love my grandsons Jude and Isaac beyond measure.

Loving the Lord with all my heart and leading others to do the same is the greatest joy of my life!


1 comment:

  1. I could draw a circle of life in the dust on my furniture today! Good ponderings...
    Rachel

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