I finished Revelation and will now begin again with Genesis, one of my favorite books of the Bible. A verse that still gives me chills is:
Then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature. Genesis 2:7 ESV
God did this! Like the potter forming a work of art, a masterpiece, from clay, God molded us into His own image and then breathed life into us. (See also Isaiah 29:16, 64:8, Jeremiah 18:1-6.)
An analogy occurred to me the other night (I have no idea where it came from) of Geppetto and Pinocchio (the Disney movie version, not the book). It’s not a perfect analogy, but still.
Geppetto created Pinocchio and wished he was a real boy. I infer that Geppetto wanted someone to love. Likewise, God created man because of love.
Pinocchio’s time of being a wooden boy, I liken to our time on earth. We’re tempted, and we often fail. Pinocchio had Jiminy Cricket as his conscience. Believers are given the Holy Spirit.
Pinocchio often ignored his conscience, did the wrong thing, tried to lie his way out of it, just as mankind does. But Geppetto seeks him out, loves him, forgives him, and ultimately brings him home where he, Pinocchio, is given a new body.
Personally, I stray time and time again. I ignore the Holy Spirit’s prompting. Sometimes, I even try to lie my way out of a situation. Thankfully, my nose doesn’t grow every time that happens. But worse than a long nose is that I grieve the Holy Spirit by disobeying.
This body houses the Holy Spirit within me. I should take better care of it. More on that tomorrow.
Make a prayer list of everyone you know who is suffering from breathing problems, illnesses, diseases. Keep it with you and/or share their initials in the comments.
Please join me this week in praying for everyone on all of our combined lists. Let’s lift them up to our loving Heavenly Father. Let’s petition Him for their healing, that the breath of the Almighty gives [them] life. Let’s also pray for the doctors, nurses, and medical support teams who care for our loved ones. May they be given strength and encouragement. Join me in praising God for His love and guidance through difficult times.
My prayer list is M.W., L.T., L.O. & son, B.E.’s son, B.W.’s brother, C.W.1, C.W.2, members of S. family, K.D., members of M. family, T.C., M.H., B.F. Another woman’s list includes K.S. & L.S.
Feel free to add yours in a comment below.