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He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou find refuge: His truth is a shield and buckler
Psalms 91:4

Be it ours,when we cannot see the face of God, to trust under the shadow of His wings. C.H. Spugeon

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Strollin' on the Water

It is amazing that a vessel weighing 35,000 tons can float. I believe our scientific understanding of displacement (the weight of the displaced liquid being equal to that of the displacing body), buoyancy (Archimedes' principle, or the law of upthrust, is: "a body immersed in a fluid is buoyed up by a force equal to the weight of the displaced fluid"), and density (A ship floats because although it is made of steel, which is more dense than water, it encloses a volume of air and the resulting shape has an average density less than that of the water) taints our perception of the miracle embodied in God's created masterpiece with all of its workings and wonders.

*It must be added that the miracle of God's revealed genius in creation also extends to our abilities as 'Imago Dei' to comprehend and analyze creation, understanding properties, characteristics and laws governing, limiting and enabling the development of the sciences, technological advancements, architecture, etc. Truly, creativity is as an amazing a miracle in man as any other exhibition of God's expressive design.

Job 9:8 "He alone spreads out the heavens, and treads on the waves of the sea;..."Matthew 14:24-25 "...but the boat was now in the middle of the sea, tossed by the waves, for the wind was contrary. Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea." The tensile strength of water is unable due to the displacement of a man's body in relation to his mass or density to make buoyancy possible while walking upright. Creation declares its parameters and borders. Things are so tidy when we can package them into little boxes, where under scrutiny and observation they perform in predictable, manageable and undisturbed ways. How phenomenal was the sight of Jesus strollin' on the water, what fears were wrought in the heart of the disciples, when what is not possible becomes reality. Eyes are now opened to possibilities before unheard of, unimaginable, unfathomable, defying reason; the laws of governance of nature never having been questioned are now challenged with new evidence before their eyes. There exists now capability, probability, potential, blessing and power, because the vision before them was Jesus whom they knew. A life was available to them beyond the everyday, a life forsaking the confines of the rudimentary laws of nature, the explainable outcomes of cause and effect, the expected. There is the invitation to join with Jesus in a life of victory over the circumstances of life, an invitation to undertake in a bold fashion a life lived above the tides, waves and currents of life, a life surpassing, high and over, unfettered by its nature of careless and reckless abandonment to a call, perilous and wild. There is a departure from the known, the elements of life which seemingly are secure and safe. There is a stepping out for a 'stroll on the water', with depths unknown, dangers unidentifiable beneath an obscure, fluid, vacillating, and tempestuous surface. There is a learning curve for faith involving, fear, a calling out, an intense focus, distraction, storms, trials, failure, forgotten grace and the absence of strength as reliance upon God is turned by life's situations. There is a 'cry' and an answer, the grace and power of God in action, unchanging, outstretched, available, sustaining and able to save. Strength for today and grace for tomorrow.

Is it really such a miracle?, is walking on the water that great a feat?, or is a greater miracle the mind of God conceiving a plan by which he would redeem me/you, God who would deem me/you, to be of value, such value that he would walk on water to get my attention as to the possibilities for a life of such fullness that my heart and mind could not contain.

Faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe. Voltaire

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