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Topic: Astonishment (02/02/12)
- TITLE: Life - Truly A Wonder
By Vicki GRECH
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Life is not always easy, it is filled with many trials and tribulations. However, everywhere we look throughout the Bible, we are told "faith" is the key in making all things possible. A faith full heart and mind produce a heart full soul. It is with this soul that "real" faith is present and all things become possible.
I find it a wondrous and incredible thing that the mind, a single thought is able to change my life and the world if I so wanted. All I need is to summon up my faith at full strength. I was taught as I was growing up that; "whilst we reach for the Son, all shall rise". This favorite saying of my mum's always astonished me, and I would look at her in wonderment. I would fire so many question at her, but one in particular I remember so well. "Mum, why can't I move mountains like Jesus did"? Her answer was always the same. "Your faith is still yet small, like you. But when you grow bigger, so too will your faith", she would reply.
However, despite having a strong faith and love of God and His beautiful creation, I still cannot move mountains! After many years of research and study, indeed I have learned that my faith still has that tiny fraction of doubt. Why? Much to my mortification a Scripture Teacher answered my question a year or so ago when she was debating my belief that "faith" is real. I reminded her that with God, all things are Made possible. Mark 9:23 says; "everything is possible for him who believes".
Her reply not only shocked me, but astonished me. I was totally shocked to learn that the Teachers of God's Word do not actually "really believe" what they teach! I was astonished to learn the fact that a Scripture Teacher had been trained to teach that the Bible is not intended to be taken literally. So I asked her what point was there in a book that could not fulfill its promises and claims? The Bible I had always believed is a "Text-Book", that includes a "reading for pleasure" element. But mostly, a text-book on how to live well all ways. I like to call it; "My Life's Hand-Book", where I can find any remedy for any situation in life I am presented with.
In my younger days, Sunday School and later the Church had taught me to; "live by God's Word and Jesus Teachings", that are found in the Bible. Yet when I did "live by them" I was in essence being told that the Word is not real!
I have always found the beauty and practicality of creation and the human connection to be a wonder beyond wonders! A marvel humanity has still not yet come anywhere close to revealing it's mysteries. One of the most astonishing things in life I find is the wind, where does it come from? Where does it go? Such simplistic questions, with simple answers, that in reality, do not explain the wind. According to Chris Weiss of Texas Tech University wind is; "Simply put, wind is the motion of air molecules". (http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=where-does-wind-come-from). But, where do the air molecules come from? This is were answers seemed to fall short. Nowhere could I find the answer with any degree of explanation let-a-lone certainty.
Truly the many wonders of the world tend to excite me every time I see rain, sun, lightning, thunder etc., There is nothing like it that as yet our scientists can duplicate with "pure energy" alone. By this I mean we (humanity) would need artificial aids to produce the same effect, if that were at all possible. It seems only when the Word becomes flesh, through "real faith" can we come close to duplicating God's awesome creation we call home; EARTH (Heart), the Spirit of God that dwells within us all.
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