Thursday, May 4, 2017

Let every breath....

Any activity becomes creative when the doer cares about doing it right or better. 

Isn't it true that we are always looking for a new way to do things, or perhaps a new take on a matter? I don't care how many photos I take of the landscape, or things found in nature, no two are quite alike. Something different is there each time - maybe the light, or even the focus - but something is just a little different from the last view. Do I take these time and time again because I am impulsive or compulsive in my actions? No, I do it because there is something "divine" in the work of capturing that new image! After all, isn't it the process of change and creating that the Master is continuously engaged in within us?

They all depend on you to give them food as they need it. When you supply it, they gather it. You open your hand to feed them,
and they are richly satisfied. But if you turn away from them, they panic. When you take away their breath, they die and turn again to dust. When you give them your breath, life is created, and you renew the face of the earth.
(Psalm 104:27-30 NLT)

God supplies - we gather it in. God provides - we relish the provision. God opens his hands - we are fed spiritually, emotionally, and physically. God's breath is the very thing that creates newness within each of us each and every day. We cannot enjoy newness apart from his work of creation within us. Renewal is part of our daily walk - to think otherwise is to drift dangerously far from his heart - for anytime we settle for what is, we fail to recognize he is still working!

Change is an inevitable part of living. Each cell within our bodies is being renewed each day - those which are old and no longer at their optimum within are being renewed. Did you realize your red blood cells only live 120 days on average? That means you have totally new blood "content" about three times a year! The muscle cells are burning all manner of "food" and making the byproducts of their work, with all that byproduct being carefully and quietly removed, making room for the renewal of that cell's food supply. In so doing, it is readied for the next time it will be put to use.

In much the same way, God is always and continuously renewing us in the attitude of our minds, the bend of our hearts, and the strength of our spirits. Why? He is the God of Creation - it is what he does! He crafts and then he continues to give beauty upon beauty into our lives, even where ashes once abounded - he brings forth newness! No wonder why David's psalms are so filled with words such as:

I will sing to the Lord as long as I live. I will praise my God to my last breath! (Psalm 104:33 NLT)

Praise the Lord, everything he has created, everything in all his kingdom. Let all that I am praise the Lord. (Psalm 103:22 NLT)

Let every created thing give praise to the Lord, for he issued his command, and they came into being. (Psalm 148:5 NLT)

Indeed - it is time for creation to recount his goodness - to see his movement in our midst and to celebrate his presence there. All he is doing is restorative and renewing. Let's celebrate his creative power within! Just sayin!

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