The earth shall soon dissolve like snow,
The sun forbear to shine;
But God, who called me here below,
Will be forever mine.
Amazing Grace by John Newton verse 6
As Newton imagines the end of our earth like snow melting in the presence of a warm sun, he envisions himself as the creature called into being here on this earth. Psalm 139 is a beloved psalm that King David wrote and that comforts many. In verse 12 David writes, “for you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.” Like David, Newton does not understand himself to be just a combination of molecules but a unique creation by the God of the universe.
“O Lord, you have searched me and known me.
2 You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
you discern my thoughts from far away.
3 You search out my path and my lying down,
and are acquainted with all my ways.
4 Even before a word is on my tongue,
O Lord, you know it completely.
5 You hem me in, behind and before,
and lay your hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
it is so high that I cannot attain it.
7 Where can I go from your spirit?
Or where can I flee from your presence?”
We are “called” into being by God sings Newton and we are totally known by God sings King David. Even as Newton, a slave ship captain, lashed himself to the helm to navigate his ship hopelessly tossing in a violent sea storm, God saw him. It was darkness to Newton but that did not stop God from rescuing him.
I do not know what dark storm you battle today or if there is a deep cloud over your soul or if there is a deep secret that is buried or a concern that eats at the back of your mind but the Amazing Grace of the Easter resurrection is that God sees, can act, and can make the evil melt away like snow and bring Spring.
Let’s allow the spot light of God’s Spirit shine into our souls now and reveal any dark areas we can let God deal with. He created us and knows. Blessings.