“He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” Colossians 1:17
Our Hawaiian island life means the chances of sand appearing somewhere other than the beach are good. Recently I discovered some interesting things about sand. Be a sand nerd with me and let’s go to the beach so we can check out the sand. We might discover
- grains of sand have different properties, like size, shape, and roughness. And how all those properties are organized is equally important.
- loosely packed gains might feel soft because they have room to flow around in your hand.
- when the same grains are packed together tightly, they don’t have room to rearrange themselves in your hand so that makes them feel firm.
- sand with rounder grains usually feels softer because the grains slide past each other more easily.
- smaller grains also don’t produce the pinprick feeling of individual grains pressing into your skin.
I discovered in my sand exploration reading that one of the great unsolved mysteries of physics is what makes sand soft? Who knew?
In the perfect world God made, sand was perfect.
But then when sin came into the world all that perfect sand began to lose perfect qualities. Maybe that’s when sand, like people, began to have rough edges that poked. The first sandpaper. Because of sin, people developed rough edges, rough words, rough actions. Instead of walking together, we became bumpy, sticky, we bruised and hurt each other and certainly hurt God.
But God always had a rescue plan for His broken world and it started with Abraham. He promised Abraham a family that would number more than the sands on the seashore. And in that family would come the Great Rescuer, Jesus.
Like his Father, Jesus demonstrated His love for every single one us. No matter our shape, size, or where we are in the world. Jesus sees the people who stick together and make things hard and He sees the people who stick together but have a flow and ease that makes them soft, kind, helpful, and sweet.
The World is full of people – like the sands of the seashore. Our great God counts every one of us as precious as He holds us in His hands.
Whatever your Thanksgiving looks like in this curious 2020 year, remember
- everyone at your table bumps up against you in love or irritation at some point
- everyone not at your table this year is precious and held in the Father’s care
- everyone who has a difference of opinion, words, perspective can be used to make you smoother, softer, sweeter
Thanks be to our God who holds all things together. May His Kingdom come and His will be done on the earth – in the sand – as it is in heaven.