Small Lives with Great Meaning

Genesis 1:5 God called the light day, and the darkness He called night. And there was evening and there was morning, one day.

He who owns, names.  Because he is the creator, he is the one who identifies its meaning, boundaries, and purpose.  With this division of dark and light, He is preparing a home for the rest of his creation, the nocturnal and diurnal flora and fauna, and he is starting up the clock around which the whole world will revolve for all time.  This is day one.

He counts off the days, showing that each day is successive rather than repetitive.  History is not the constant reiteration of ever returning cycles, like Groundhog Day, but is directional and purposeful, and we who find ourselves in this story are therefore parts of this great movement started and directed by God.  The universe is headed for a divine denouement, and we each, personally and collectively, either contribute or detract from that ultimate end.  That good end is inevitable, whether we resist it or pray for it “thy kingdom come,” and that in itself is a great comfort for those of us who often falter and come short of living towards this grand conclusion.  It does not depend on us.  God will bring it about.  “The meek will inherit the earth.”

The end is guaranteed, but the journey is not, and our whole lives are but a small part of this journey.  We may be an encouragement and support and hope to those on this journey with us, or we may make their way more difficult.  But the journey itself is marvelous because our very small part is integral to the whole, we each are a vital piece of this glorious end which God has planned.  We do not decide our roles, but live faithfully the successive days we are given, and that makes our simple lives a beautiful facet of God’s grand finale.  We are a thread in his masterpiece tapestry.

Lord, I often feel as though my life is drifting, meaningless, helping no one, advancing no good cause.  Sometimes I doubt if even you have given up on me, if you find in me nothing of use for your kingdom.  Thank you for reminding me that my daily, mundane faithfulness is all you need to make your world a better place, a place more receptive to you and your ways.

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