Of Mowing And…

This week’s blog post is written by Barbara Trumbower. Barbara works alongside her husband Lawrence, preparing the PowerPoints, does some mentoring, initiates most of their personal and mission correspondence and reports, manages the missionaries’ ministry fund records, and actively encourages people within her spheres of influence. The Trumbowers’ continued involvement in Christian radio and their work on the doctrinal charts are two means of fortifying their hearers for the challenges of living Christianly in the worlds of today and tomorrow. They have served in Puerto Rico with GMI for many many years and we praise and thank God for their faithful and selfless service over the years. Barbara is a true encourager and inspires many to live for Christ. You will realize that as you read her thoughts in today’s post:

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Re-reading Genesis 2 this morning, I began to relive pleasant memories generated from verse 2.  “And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done.  Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.” God didn’t have to recuperate His spent energies of course, though He was providing an example for us to do that, but He did desist from His completed work of original Creation.
 
When we lived in a tri-level home in Lilburn, GA, I always enjoyed raking leaves, and especially mowing the front lawn.  Every time the work was over, I would run up to our master bedroom, slide open the window on that side if it wasn’t already, and just spend a few moments drinking in the aroma and the great satisfaction of observing the fruit of my labors. And I wonder . . . is that a significant portion of what God did with His “seventh day” – enjoy the beauty, variety, and incredible functions of His fantastic work?
 
Some  “realist” might remind me that, “Yah, but in a few more days your raking or mowing would all have to be done over again!”  Fine – then I’d have another chance to enjoy God’s beautiful creation, away from man-generated, often tedious tasks…Even God had to deal with that consideration.  He knew mankind would mess up, distort, desecrate every aspect of His wonderful six days of perfect preparations for those of us who live here, and He would even have to make it new all over again one day in the distant (to humans) future.  Yet He pronounced it “good.”  Except us humans – only after creating male and female did He pronounce His composite work “very good.”
 
The “shine” is still there for those of us who wish to experience it – the divine satisfaction of a job well done.  And I suspect that is really a part of what being made in God’s image includes – considering ourselves “in cahoots” with our Creator, through the unique [only, without equal, rare, uncomplicated] avenue open to us through the Lord Jesus Christ.

I’m in – from nine years old up through the present 73!  – Are YOU?

♥ ~ B

To learn more about Grace Ministries International visit http://www.gracem.org

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