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Saturday, June 16, 2012

Arise!

What are we made of?  Blood and bone, of course, but isn't there more?  Carl Sagan thought men made of 'starstuff' and although he was a scientist of sorts, that is hardly a factual explanation.  Still, he wondered what men have always wondered...

What is man that You make so much of him, that You give him so much attention, that You examine him every morning and test him every moment?--Job 7:17-18

What, indeed? 

I know my flesh is fragile, that my life is short, and that I make many mistakes.  Yet, somehow, I know that I matter.  I just can't figure out why.

God, however, tells me not to fret too much about that.

Now we have a poor reflection in a mirror, then we shall see face to face.  Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.--1 Corinthians 13:12

He says that He only knows what I look like.  He only knows all of what I am and what I am to become.  And I am a reflection.  A reflection of Him.

He made me and filled me with Himself.  I don't live very long, but I am made of the same substance that is God.  His glory passes through me and washes over me from the inside out.  I am but a breath, but if I am His, I am all His breath--a long, careful exhale, beautiful in power.

Starstuff, indeed.  The star that rises up bright in an otherwise darkened sky, the star full of fire and light.

Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.--Isaiah 60:1

8 comments:

  1. That verse from 1 Corinthians is one of my favorites and gives me so much comfort.

    {and thanks for linking up with Graceful summer today!}

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  2. starstuff....what a delicious way you have
    of saying what is true:)
    thanks for the beautiful stir,
    Jennifer

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  3. As our lives become less and less active and strong and reachable, it is hard to think we are truly worth something. AND YET our Father's opinion is far more important and accurate than our world's opinion. That counts a lot for me, especially now as I'm watching/feeling my body struggle much more often than I would have anticipated. Your post is a very good reminder of what is more important and it's something I can hold on to.

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    1. Oh, Cary Jo--
      If only we didn't get to wrapped up in what living does to our bodies and remembered what we REALLY look like. I keep a note on my mirror..."So God made man in His own image..."

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  4. What a wonderful reminder that we are fearfully adn wonderfully made!

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