Sunday, September 09, 2007

all things considered

Yesterday was a day not to be wasted: a golden Saturday at summer's end, sunny, breezy, and warm. Friend #12 and I dragged the canoe down the hill and into the grassy water's edge. Our goal was to paddle as far as the river would allow, up to the shallow waters of the Morley Bridge. We ate our lunch in the shade of cedars, we admired flora and fauna along the banks, we drifted alternately in silence and in animated conversation. We talked about God. We forgot to bring sunscreen.
Later in the afternoon, I tossed a quilt into the patchy shade under the apple trees. I armed myself with a large pillow and a few books while the red squirrels chittered at my invasive presence. I took time to wonder about this:
"Sometimes people say they cannot believe that, if there is a God, he would take interest in such a tiny speck of reality called humanity on Planet Earth. The universe, they say, is so vast, it makes man so utterly insignificant. Why would God have bothered to create such a microscopic speck called the earth and humanity and then get involved with us?
Beneath this question is a fundamental failure to see what the universe is about. It is about the greatness of God, not the significance of man. God made man small and the universe big to say something about himself. And he says it for us to learn and enjoy -namely, that he is infinitely great and powerful and wise and beautiful. The more the Hubble telescope sends back to us about the unfathomable depths of space, the more we should stand in awe of God. The disproportion between us and the universe is a parable about the disproportion between us and God. And it is an understatement. But the point is not to nullify us but to glorify him."
Don't Waste Your Life -John Piper
Not only did I invest in physical activity and mental gymnastics yesterday, I also thought the time was right to invest in a pizza from Sergi's. Friend #37 agreed, and thoughtfully arranged his schedule to oversee this activity. Too bad Hubby and kids were away (Hubby in PA for a marathon, kids at Camp Overlook) and couldn't partake in our half Hawaiian/half margarita extravaganza.
A little night music brought this day to a close. My selections were also half and half: worship tunes for this morning's rehearsal and selections from Bach's Well Tempered Clavier.
I don't mean to brag, but it was a pretty good day.


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