Thursday, 15 January 2009

Gen 1 - "...He saw that it was good"

The other day, I took a trip to Glasgow's Mitchell Library. Now I'd been on the first floor a couple of times over the last few months, where its done up real nice and very modern looking now, but on this occasion I went upstairs into the 4th and 5th floors, where I hadn't been for just over three years; since before I even moved over to Glasgow. I had been to the library on one of my many excursions over from Belfast, in December 2005, and you'd think that on this wee trip to the 4th floor, in January 2009, I'd just been in the same area the day before - it was identical to how I recall it three years prior. Same carpets, same furniture, same layout of the bookcases and desks; in fact, its probably looked the exact same way over the last 30 years, let alone the last three!

It sounds silly but I couldn't get over this because, in the period of time between the last time I was there and on this occasion, I had experienced a number of changes in my life - I mean loads! - and, in a lot of ways, was a different guy from who I was in December 2005. Yet the room seemingly hadn't changed in the slightest. (I don't know if you've ever been at, say, a party or a gathering of friends/family where there's akways one quiet man or woman sitting comfortably in the corner and, you could be walking out of the room for long periods of time, yet when you come back, they haven't moved a muscle - that's what it loosely put me in mind of!) Ans as I wandered round askimg myself why I hadn't been here for such a length of time, I was reminded by how much God never changes and remains the same today and tomorrow as He did yesterday.

Maybe you're at a stage in your life where you've gone through too many life-changing experiences that you wish to even care about any longer; perhaps you're not necessarily like myself but like the casual library-goer who hasn't been there for years and you've done all the changes enough for both yourself and your area of context. Or maybe you're like that Mr or Miss Cool at the party, just sitting there taking it all in, watching the world go by, and you've barely lifted a finger. Regardless of which category you fall into, the day God kicked off creation, "He saw that it was good" and today He looks at each of you and sees that you are good. You are His child, His creation and He's not going anywhere anytime soon.

I know its not always easy to believe that but its the truth and He constantly reveals thr truth so we are reminded of His constant presence.