DayBreaks for 9/04/18: The Creation Groans
From the DayBreaks Archive, September 2008:
About 10 days ago, at 3:11 a.m. in the morning, I was awakened by the sound of a tree splitting and falling somewhere near our property. We’ve had a tree come down on one of our outbuildings once before – and I must say, it is impressive what a tree can do when it falls on a structure. And, living on a hillside as we do, there are trees up above our home and others that surround it. At 3:11 a.m. it was far too dark to know where the tree fell – even though I got up to make sure that it hadn’t fallen on a car or part of the house. I couldn’t see where the tree was, but when I stuck my head out the patio door, I could smell the scent of dust in the air and knew it couldn’t have been too far away.
But what struck me was the awful, cracking, splitting and sighing of the wood under strain as it gave way and fell, pulled by gravity. It was as if the tree had fought as long and hard as it could, only to finally give up the struggle. The groaning made me recall the passage from Romans that describes the “entire creation” groaning and moaning as a result of the fall, longing for relief. And, after returning to bed, I lay there thinking that perhaps the sound of breaking tree branches is part of this groaning.
There is a verse that struck me as I thought about the time when the creation will be completely released from its suffering. It’s found in 2 Peter 3:10 (NIV) and it says, But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare.
I’d never pondered before what the cause of the roar would be, but I have a couple of thoughts. It could be the roar of the Lion of the tribe of Judah which will resound throughout the vanishing universe. Or, it could be a roar let out by the creation itself as it is finally released from the frustration in which it has been held for these innumerable years. After all, if the stones could have cried out in adoration of the King during his entry into Jerusalem, why not think that it will cry out in relief when it is set free? Behold, I make ALL THINGS new is the promise. The Psalmist spoke of the language of the stars that fills creation with speech. Won’t it be something when we hear them set free to sing their song of praise to the Creator?
PRAYER: We join our hearts and prayers in longing and anticipation of the great moment when all will be set free from the bondage that has come upon the universe because of sin and evil. May we prepare ourselves to join in the great shout of deliverance that will take place when we lift our eyes to the sky and see our Redeemer! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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