Who rules the world?
Does technology rule the world? Can it give us what we long for? Can it give us security, food, love and more? Can the internet really provide for my needs? Does the ever increase in innovative treatments provide a feeling of safety when I think about the future? Do I trust in the progress of society to make life better and my world more manageable? Can these very useful tools help me love and be loved by the people around me? What will help me forgive, what can help me move beyond my self centred heart?
Do I rule the world? Am I calling the shots? Am I able to make my world better just by being really clever, charming, able, wonderful, ambitious and interesting? Am I useless at ruling my world if I fail to advance, don’t get the next job, fail to raise more money, get sick, or don’t provide for my family adequately?
Who rules the world?
Psalm 104 offers a slightly different picture of who might be in charge of the world. Apparently God is. What does this God do then? We have here a complete picture of a God who is working in the world right now, who made this place and who is holding it together, who provides, who sets things up to work in their correct time. The sun knows when to rise and set because God put it in place.
He just has to look at the earth and it trembles. I mean, come on, He just has to look at the earth and it trembles. He touches mountains and they smoke. That’s a big God.
I think that’s really the point of the Psalm, a glorious romp through creation, a dance down mountains looking at the various creatures along the way, a delighted look at the work of the Almighty. We do not rule this world, we do not make mountains tremble. God is the Mighty one. We’re called to join the song, to delight in this God, to remember that this is his world, he gets to say what goes here, he gets to tell us how we are to live.
Walk around, open your eyes, ponder the world we live in, look at the clouds, the sea, the sky, the leaves, the trees, the animals, each other. Gaze at a scene much bigger than you. Be astonished. Notice the detail. Watch us as we go about our lives. Be amazed at the Maker of it all.
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- Today started with the promise of a Team Cunningham day, a day on our own, my blissful forward planing head decided it would be the day to help the boys process change. This didn’t happen in a nice sit down family discussion time (whatever the pieces of paper might indicate) we did though journey together through tired huge emotions and inbetween the rage gaps we talked about quests, adventures, parts in films where the story looks hopeless and redemption is then found, what will change, what won’t, what we are looking forward to and what scares us. We then pushed through grumps, got outside, found our joy and now are slumped in front of inside out which might just be helping us all ponder our emotions about moving right now. Not the perfect time I’d planned but a muddled messy journey. (Which might just be a indicator of the adventure to come…) #adventure #planning #sunrise #moving #redemption #hopeFirst of the proper goodbye, probably won’t see you until you come hang out with us in Northern Ireland evenings. These ladies (and one who couldn’t be there tonight) were instrumental in me staying sane in the pre school years. We shared life, babies, sleep deprivation stories, hung out at every baby group imaginable in the first year of parenthood, shared Friday mornings with each other for 5 years and have been through a lot of life together. Lovely to still be touching base in the madness albeit on a less regular basis and I will miss these wonders and forever be grateful for their friendship and warmth. #nctfortheemailaddresses #friendship #goodbyes #bittersweet #ahthememories #gratefulBack from retreating. An eye in the storm moving is creating. A space. A shelter. A safety. A silence to find the Silence at the heart of all this.Three weeks until we throw pretty much all the cards in our hand up in the air and see how they land in the next few months. Routines, rhythms, location and more will all change. Walking into the sunrise each morning reminds me that this might be a good thing. Hope on the horizon. #hope #change #processing #sunrise #walkingintolightAnd into his eighth year he goes. 7 years of life with this gorgeous, imaginative, highly sensitive, empathetic, giant emotions boy. Life with him is never dull and through the rollercoaster of his emotional swirls there are delightful moments getting to witness his love, imagination and hilarity. Here’s to a good nights sleep as we begin the journey on. #birthday #canigotobednow? #sevenyearsoldA cloudy grey sky but still pretty wonder out on the water. Friday morning joy with my favourite. #kayaking #water #shorehambysea #morningoff