Friday, April 9, 2010

Fast Food Encouragement!

My time as a reviewer for the TOS Crew is coming to a blessed end after this month! Don't get me wrong, I am very thankful that I have had the opportunity to be forced to write and explore and meet has been a terrific training ground for me! I am grateful for the opportunity and have learned and grown from the experience. Although I was tempted at times to resign, due to lack of time for the amount of commitment involved, by God's grace I have seen it through!

Furthermore, I have been tremendously blessed by a job opportunity that has sprung out of one of my reviews (officially my first paid writing job!). I am now writing product descriptions for the homeschooling curriculum company All About Spelling/Reading. So, it is exciting to see God using my gifts in a productive way.

I have had very little time to dedicate to writing anything on this blog, other than product reviews. Hopefully you have found the reviews helpful in some way, but I do miss getting to just blab about whatever is on my mind, or get on my soapbox about things that are important to me!

Since, at the moment, time is still a constraint, I thought I would just post part of an email that I just received from the Women's Ministry in our church. I found its truth to be an encouraging and gentle reminder of what my role is as a daughter of Christ and wife to one awesome guy! May you be piqued by the truth as well!

  • The greatest evidence of how big I believe God is, and how trustworthy I think God is, is my willingness to come under God-ordained authority when I don’t agree with it.
  • God intended for men and women to understand that they are equal in their humanity, dignity, worth, and value before God. Yet God intended for the woman to be different from the man, and these matter in terms of how we function best.
  • If we follow God’s design, we enter into the joy of the functioning of it. If we go against God’s design, we harm ourselves and others in the process.

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At the Intersection of Creation and Evolution: A Dream

The alliterating story below is based on a dream I had several years ago. Please contact me for permission to reproduce.

Darkness devours me.

I am enveloped in emptiness.

Are my eyes open or are they closed? I strain against this shroud of night and still see nothing.

What is this place?

An image illuminates in front of me. A large, leafy tree streaks past and vanishes.

It deserts me to the darkness again.

In a moment, more images appear. A rapid succession of snapshots and thoughts clamor before my eyes and mingle in my mind.

I see seedlings. Several supple shoots have emerged before me and then swiftly stream away.

“The first trees on earth were not seedlings”, my mind observes. “They were not created as small insignificant saplings.”

That thought is rapidly replaced with a vision of a man.

He’s maybe 30; he is muscular and needs to shave.

He fades away.

In his place I see an infant.

A tiny bundle of pink skin upon a soft blanket flickers briefly in my brain.

“Man was created with age,” is the next statement I hear. “Adam did not begin his life as a baby, he began as a grown man.”

The voice seems like my own.

The thoughts do not.

Reeling before me now is a blur of rivers, forests, mountains and even layers of the earth. It is like a movie rushing rapidly before my retina.

The soundtrack of this epic is proclaiming a peculiarly plain concept:

“The earth was created with age. Creation and evolution are not in total opposition. There is a reason that science finds the earth to be quite old: it was made that way.”

Thoughts continue to tumble through my mind; pictures parade before me. I listen in amazement to what seems to be puzzlingly profound and yet rather apparent all at once.

“Adam was created as an adult. Trees and plants were made fully grown.”

I suddenly feel quite certain that, if I were to chop down some of the trees that had been spoken into existence, I would find a range of rings running through their trunks.

“The earth was brought to life with age built into it… just like Adam. He did not begin life as an infant. The earth came into being with what it would need to sustain the life that was created. It was old when it was young. The world was
made with maturity; it was also produced with purpose.”

These thoughts are thrilling. Why had I not seen this before? It seems so simple. Obtusely obvious. Had others not observed this correlation? If they had, why wasn’t it being candidly conveyed?

In the span of thirty seconds I have been ravaged by a radical revelation. I feel the weight of its worth resting on me; it is tantamount to tangible.

I am neither a theologian nor am I a scientist. I don’t claim that the ethics of evolution are completely compatible with the Bible’s account of creation. But certainly Science can come concurrent to creation and affirm our faith with facts.

Of course, the Omnipotent Originator of the Universe is exceedingly elusive to what our mind could ever envision. Above what science could ever extensively elucidate.

Accordingly, creation is confounding too. Each diverse discovery deems it more marvelous to grasp. Many scientists have reluctantly relented to the theory of Intelligent Design.

That’s why, alongside those facts, we also need faith.

Lying inexplicably at the intersection of those two essential elements is an exceptional endowment: the intermittent insight of our dreams.