Of Mud and Majesty

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

God did not make a special chemical element out of which to fashion us, Hu on the periodic table.  We are just animated dirt, the same stuff as the rest of the universe, which connects us intimately with it.  With every breath, we suck in bits of the world and exhale bits of ourselves until we die and our bodies fade back into the earth, becoming food for the rest.  We are all in this together, profoundly affecting and being affected by everything.  When we live well, it beautifies all around us.  None of us are independent, but all is intermingled and interdependent.

The Bible clearly is anthropocentric, being written in human language.  It is to us that God is communicating himself and his plans.  We are here presented as the center of God’s creative work, and yet we are only dirt brought to life.  We are nothing, and yet we are the very image of God on earth.  This huge divergence is remarkable.  We have no bragging rights when it comes to anything we are or do for we are made of the most humble stuff, and anything alive in us is the wind of God’s spirit blowing through.  We are just clay vessels, but we carry within the glory of God himself, such high honor for so homely a frame, which is the very image of grace.

Father remind us that our abilities and virtues are those of little children, but you treasure them still.  Our scribbles are your irreplaceable fridge artwork.

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