From the Well - 10/12/2017

Genesis 1:26-27 (MSG) 
26 God spoke: "Let us make human beings in our image, make them reflecting our nature So they can be responsible for the fish in the sea, the birds in the air, the cattle, And, yes, Earth itself, and every animal that moves on the face of Earth." 27 God created human beings; he created them godlike, Reflecting God's nature. He created them male and female.

Genesis 17:3-8 (MSG) 
3 Overwhelmed, Abram fell flat on his face. Then God said to him, 4 "This is my covenant with you: You'll be the father of many nations. 5 Your name will no longer be Abram, but Abraham, meaning that 'I'm making you the father of many nations.' 6 I'll make you a father of fathers-I'll make nations from you, kings will issue from you. 7 I'm establishing my covenant between me and you, a covenant that includes your descendants, a covenant that goes on and on and on, a covenant that commits me to be your God and the God of your descendants. 8 And I'm giving you and your descendants this land where you're now just camping, this whole country of Canaan, to own forever. And I'll be their God."

John 3:16 (MSG) 
16 "This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. 

2 Corinthians 3:18 (MSG) 
18 All of us! Nothing between us and God, our faces shining with the brightness of his face. And so we are transfigured much like the Messiah, our lives gradually becoming brighter and more beautiful as God enters our lives and we become like him.

Seventeen-year-old poet, William Cullen Bryant, was thinking about his future as he walked on a cold December day through Massachusetts in search of work. He dearly wanted to be a poet, but felt that he could make a better living as a lawyer. As he walked, he looked up to see a lone wild duck flying south. He watched the duck until it was barely a speck in the sky. As he stood watching, he wondered where it had come from and where it was headed. Later that night Bryant wrote a poem. It goes like this:

Whither, 'midst falling dew, 

While glow the heavens with the last steps of day, 

Far, through their rosy depths, dost thou pursue

Thy solitary way? 


Vainly the fowler's eye

Might mark thy distant flight, to do thee wrong, 

As, darkly seen against the crimson sky, 

Thy figure floats along. 


Seek'st thou the plashy brink

Of weedy lake, or marge of river wide, 

Or where the rocking billows rise and sink

On the chaféd ocean side? 


There is a Power, whose care

Teaches thy way along that pathless coast,- 

The desert and illimitable air

Lone wandering, but not lost. 


All day thy wings have fanned, 

At that far height, the cold thin atmosphere; 

Yet stoop not, weary, to the welcome land, 

Though the dark night is near. 


And soon that toil shall end, 

Soon shalt thou find a summer home, and rest, 

And scream among thy fellows; reeds shall bend, 

Soon, o'er thy sheltered nest. 


Thou'rt gone, the abyss of heaven

Hath swallowed up thy form, yet, on my heart

Deeply hath sunk the lesson thou hast given, 

And shall not soon depart. 


He, who, from zone to zone, 

Guides through the boundless sky thy certain flight, 

In the long way that I must trace alone, 

Will lead my steps aright. 

Somehow in that moment, Bryant realized that God was involved with all of creation. He also knew that in some way God was going to be his helper and guide. We see this affirmation in the final verse of the poem. Bryant would go on to be a poet and editor of the Saturday Evening Post. God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit wants to be a part of our lives as the triune God was a part of Bryant's life. Think about it.