Saturday, August 26, 2006

Reflections of His Holiness

This summer I have been teaching the girls in our youth group for Sunday school. We have been learning the attributes of God (not exhaustively or in any specific order), and then doing some art projects to illustrate angles of those attributes. Tomorrow is the last day, and we are having an art show after the church service to show what everyone has made. I am excited about the drawings and paintings that the girls have produced, but even more excited about the thoughts that go through their heads as they are creating them. These art projects can be acts of worship!

I have been thinking about God's Holiness, because that is the last attribute we will cover together. " 'To whom will you compare Me? Or who is My equal' says the Holy One," it says in Isaiah 40:25. And I have to answer, NO-ONE!! No-one is almighty like God. No-one is Eternal like God. No-one is Omniscient like God. No-one is Good like God. No-one is Glorious like God. He is incomprehensible. I reflect on the attributes of God that He displays in His word, and I cannot contain the whole of them!

For instance, last week we studied "wrath" and the story of Soddom and Gomorrah. I had never noticed that when the men are urging Lot to flee at once "but he lingered. So the men siezed him and his wife and his daughters by the hand, the Lord being merciful to him, and they brought him out." (italics mine) In the midst of studying the WRATH of God, we see His MERCY! He is altogether unlike anything else.

I love the story in Isaiah 6 when Isaiah sees the Lord and the Seraphim crying "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty; the whole earth is filled with His glory." I can't imagine being Isaiah, shaking and trembling from having his lips touched with the burning coal, most likely lying flat on his face. . . and he hears the voice of the Lord saying "Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?" Because he has seen his Holiness, Isaiah bursts out "Here am I!!!!! Send me!!!"


Sarah said...

This doesnt' have anything to do with your wonderful post--I am sorry!
I got your message--I am very disappointed that you cannot come this weekend, but I totally understand the "no money/extreme debt" situation. :-) We will miss you--I will have to wander around like the old alumni loser that I am by myself.
I need to call you sometime--I think you should sell the kids' books that I sell. Then you would have an instant job when you move!

Gretchen said...

Um, that would be really fun. yes, call me sometime. That would be kind of cool, even if I just did it on the side. Can you find out if there are many dealers in the Louisville area?

Sarah, you are not an alumni loser, at least you get to be there! WAH! The worst part is, next year Josh will be in school, so I don't know if we can come then, either! (and this year I'm still thin and tan. Rats) :)

G-Knee said...

Gretch - new post time! :)