This morning I led worship at the Overseas Ministry Study Centre. I shared from Colossians 1:15 – 17
Christ is the visible image of the invisible God.
He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation,
for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth.
He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see—
such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world.
Everything was created through him and for him.
He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together.
I particularly focused on the phrase “he holds all creation together.”
It struck me in a fresh way that God is both present in all things and sustains all things. At the same time I realized how rarely I take time to reflect on how I encounter the presence of God in the ordinary everyday activities of my life. It is easy for me to rush through the day without giving much thought to where God is present and what God is saying. As a result I often find myself burdened with loads that are too heavy for me. I take on myself responsibilities that I should give to God. And in the process I distance myself from the One who is the very life blood of my existence.
Taking time to reflect on where God is active and how God is moving is one of the most renewing exercises that I do. It reminds me to look and listen for God throughout the day and stops me charging through the day oblivious to the sustaining presence of God. It places God back at the centre of my life and gives me a sense of anticipation for the days ahead too.
I think that it is important for all of us to develop practices that encourage us to recognize the acts of God in the small everyday activities of our lives and also enhance our ability to connect to the God who truly does hold every part of our world together.
I read these verses this morning just after reading more about the oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico – a very depressing and discouraging disaster to read about. It weighed me down with a sense of helplessness and hopelessness. But reading these verses this morning inspired and reassured me. God is still present in our world. God is still holding all of creation together. And God is still in control.
I don’t always understand what God is doing even when I take time to look and listen but gaining a sense of God’s reassuring presence definitely makes a difference to my life. How does it make a difference to yours?