Guest Author - Preena Deepak
I was cleaning up our Christmas box, the one my family uses to store all Christmasy items recently and found a small cardboard decoration I had made a couple of years ago. I knew this was faded, outdated and certainly adding to the already accumulating clutter. I set it aside, hoping to do away with it. I managed to clear out lots of stuff and when I was finally done, I realized that the cardboard craft still stood in a corner, forlorn and waiting to be tossed into the garbage bin.
Somehow I let that craft stand and went about doing other stuff. In fact the old decoration stood there for more than a week. It’s not that I forgot all about it. Almost every day I would pick it up and want to discard it. But the more I looked at it and remembered how I had spent time and effort in creating it, the more difficult it seemed to get rid of.
After a week I decided to hoard up the craft piece after all. I had made it and even though it had no value now, it still clung on to me. It was a part of my creative self. Maybe this explains the reason why I am so poor at de-cluttering. But clutching on to a useless hand crafted decoration taught me something else.
I began to think of God, the Creator God who made the world and all that is in it. The Genesis passage flashed across my mind and I began to remember that seeing His creation, God found it to be “good”. The world is certainly not as God made it now. It has become flawed and deformed by sin. God has every good reason to do away with the earth and all that is in it. But I continue to live and breathe and this is nothing, but proof to me of God’s love.
That does not mean God has become complacent and is going to ever put up with sin. God is just in His dealing and His judgment is as sure as His love. But He did not want to crush out the world He made. He created a way of escape through Jesus so that sinful men and women find a way to get back in line with God and live as He intended.
If a tiny piece of cardboard held my fancy just because I made it, it makes sense to me that God stays patient with people only because He made them. He waits, hoping, longing to see the people created by Him, in His image turn back to Him.
Have you been reconciled to God? The Bible tells us of a coming judgment when there will be no place for mercy. Thankfully now, there is still a chance to get back.
God says today, “How can I give you up….” Hosea 11:8 (NIV)
What is your response to Him?
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