Friday, November 16, 2018

Diversity and Wholeness

The trees of the Lord are watered abundantly, the cedars of Lebanon that he planted.
In them the birds build their nests; the stork has its home in the fir trees.
The high mountains are for the wild goats; the rocks are a refuge for the coneys.
You have made the moon to mark the seasons; the sun knows its time for setting.
You make darkness, and it is night, when all the animals of the forest come creeping out.
The young lions roar for their prey, seeking their food from God.
When the sun rises, they withdraw and lie down in their dens.
People go out to their work and to their labor until the evening.
O Lord, how manifold are your works! In wisdom you have made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.
 
Ps 104:16-24

It's interesting that the normal activity of human beings is placed here in the context of the normal activity of the rest of God's creation. The Bible seldom does that. We are usually placed over and above, and given more responsibility. But here we're found among, part of the whole, able to rejoice—with the birds, the goats, the rabbits, the lions, the sun, and the moon—amazed at what God has done.

In diversity is found the wisdom of God. And in God's wisdom is wholeness. Thus, diversity and unity are both components of the beauty of the Divine.

What a blessing it is, Lord, not always to be over and above, not always to be in charge, but to feel included with the rest of your creatures, and to know that the work you give me to do is part of the same holy wisdom that gives the stork its fir tree, the goat is rocky crag, and the moon its phases. Thank you, in the Name of Jesus your Son, who taught me to pray...