Saturday, February 25, 2012

Life Abounds

There are now an estimated 7 billion human beings cohabitating on our planet!  In a universe with approximately 300 billion trillion solar systems that have no indication of life, we are bursting at the seams.  Rather than rejoice however, most of this exciting news has been smotherd by the wet blanket of doom-and-gloom reporting pervasive in popular media.

As a child of G+d, I choose to rejoice!  Life is important and beautiful in all its forms.  Human life is an absolute miracle!  The diversity is absolutely astounding.  Each human is made in the image of Elohim, our Creator.  His breath brought each one of us to life.  He sustains us each day and, thanks to Jesus, into eternity. 

Enjoy this perspective from Charles Cowman's book Streams in the Desert ...

"It is not the great achievement of the Red Sea crossing by Moses and the Israelites that is so stupendous and miraculous.  The awesomeness of the Wilderness Journey is the fact that approximately 3 million people were sustained for forty years in a small, dry, fruitless desert.  Have you thought of what it must have been like to merely exist from day to day with every human means for survival out of reach?  Let us look at a few facts to see how impossible it would have been for Moses and his people to rely upon their own means of subsistence: "To get through the Red Sea in one night they had to have a space at least 3 miles wide, so they could walk 5,000 abreast.  If they walked double file it would have been 800 miles long, and it would have taken them 35 days and nights to get through. . . Then consider the amount of water required for barest necessities of drinking and washing dishes each day.  It has been calculated that they would have to have 11 million gallons every single day."  Now consider those figures and bare in mind that those numbers were not for the whole forty years.  They were for every single day of the forty years.  In other words, God placed His people by His own decision and plan in a situation where every natural source of supply was not available.  He did that to let them know that He is Almighty, that He keeps promises, that He can be relied on, and that He is not limited to any particular set of circumstances or any particular situation.  What was true for Israel is true for you and me."

And even that account leaves out the miraculous cloud G+d provided by day and pillar of fire by night.  No sunburn or heatstroke, and ultimate security!

Brilliant world leaders and scientists are trying to figure out how we will feed 9 billion people by the year 2030.  The crisis is that families in many parts of the world do not get enough to eat now, while we are in the midst of an obesity epidemic in the 'civilized' world. 

"It is more blessed to give than to receive."  (Acts 20:35)  Sharing is indeed caring...

"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?" (Matthew 6:25-27)

"The thief comes only to steal, kill, and destroy, but I [Jesus] have come that they may have life and have it to the full." (John 10:10)