Return to God’s word for the purpose of “hearing and seeing” Christ in the text. Fix your gaze on the illumination. Ask God to open the eyes of your heart and enable you to see what God wants you to see.
Yesterday I focused on chaos: of the world at the beginning of time, and of our world today. I was drawn by how the illumination showed the chaos becoming gradually more and more ordered as God took control, eventually ending in the 7th day of rest and fulfillment.
But questions about these ideas sat with me throughout the day. Do I trust that God can control the chaos of the everyday? Do I have hope that, with God still at the wheel, we are headed towards a place of fulfillment and not death?
I think that trusting and hoping are difficult because so much in our lives pushes us the other way. As we grow up our lives become more busy and more crazy, not less. We become more and more aware of death and suffering as we watch loved ones struggle, and every other news story takes the angle that such-and-such latest development is a sign of the deteriorating conditions.
Maybe that’s precisely why God’s message of hope is so important, and why it is embedded into the story of creation itself. Fundamental to the way God has set things up is the idea that fulfillment is coming, despite how things might seem now. The narrative of the news reports (and the stories of our day-to-day lives) might be all about chaos, but God’s story, the one found in God’s word, is not.
In fact, that’s why I am praying with “Creation” and Genesis 1 this first week of Advent. It tells the story that from the very beginning, God has been steering the world towards fulfillment. And as a Christian, I believe the absolute most important step along the way is the one we’re now preparing to celebrate: Christmas, Christ’s coming.
In this image my eye is drawn from left to right, through chaos, towards the fulfillment of the gold colored Sabbath. To me it represents not only the seventh day of creation, but God’s plan for the universe. That’s where everything is headed. In our own lives, with God’s help, we can move towards God’s plan of fulfillment.
Do we have the eyes to see God’s promise of fulfillment? Are our eyes on the goal?
© Creation, Donald Jackson with contribution by Chris Tomlin, 2003. The Saint John’s Bible, Order of Saint Benedict, Collegeville, Minnesota. Scripture quotations are from the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible, Catholic Edition, © 1993, 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.