Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Romans 8: 19-21

"The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by it's own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creations itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God." Romans 8: 19-21.

I began thinking of these verses today, as the rain falls with such force, sideways against my window panes.  My washing is scattered all over the lawn (at least it's out - but sadly my optimism was not satisfied and it will need washing again).  The wind is violent.  I wonder what will happen first, leaks in the roof or a whole sheet of iron flying off the roof.  Add to that hail. And this is only a mere storm.  

The past few years, the South Island of New Zealand has been buffeted by the frustration and groaning of the earth. Christchurch suffered and continues to suffer from violent earthquakes, the most devastating in February 2011, taking the lives of around 200 people.  And still they continue.  I guess with so many friends still living in that city, I cannot think solely of the earth violent shaking, but of the tremendous battles all who stay in the city face every single day, to this very day.

Over a year has passed since the big one that shook the foundations of buildings and caused there collapse, which unsettled sediment that caused it to spew forth from the ground invading not only the streets but also homes and businesses.  So many clean-ups after the many quakes and aftershocks. The tectonic plates continue their unexpected movement. When will it cease?  It will cease, that we can be sure of, when the kingdom of God is fully now.

But for now the earth is groaning, from perfection in Eden, then the fall and the frustration of creation. I'm not going to get all deep here, many brilliant scholars have done so, so I don't need to add an ignorant 2 cents worth.  I just know that on days like this, when the earth feels wild, I guess it is, frustrated, and eager in expectation for liberation from the bondage of sin. Me too.

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