Is there anything less useful and more annoying than dust? It’s EVERYWHERE! We’re constantly creating new ways to rid ourselves of it: dusters, vacuum cleaners, filters, etc. And no matter how hard we work at its elimination, it just keeps coming back! It’s in our eyes, our nose, even in our lungs. Even the dust that floats through space enters our atmosphere and, ultimately, us! There’s no escaping it; it’s quite ubiquitous.
God used this raw material to create us. He could have snapped His fingers and had us just appear, but instead decided to use dust as the foundation for His creation. It is where our bodies came from and will ultimately return (Genesis 3:19; Eccl. 3:20).
Have you ever gone to a museum, or a reasonable facsimile thereof, and been awed by what artists can do with stone? Aren’t we amazed when we see what people can do with rock? Michelangelo and Bernini carved their statues of David out of marble. We marvel at their work. Our God made Michelangelo and Bernini…from dust. Wow.
The next time we dust our furniture, our computer, our car, our baseboards, our windowsills (does not this list go on and on and on????), let it be a reminder of what we are and who He is. Psalm 103:13 &14 says,
Just as a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him. For He Himself knows our frame; He is mindful that we are but dust.
His mercies are new every morning. His compassions fail not. Great is His faithfulness.
Just thinking while I’m cleaning…
Carol Tirondola is on staff with the Partner Care team at America’s Keswick. She and her best friend, Mario, have been married for 35 years. They have 2 sons and 2 daughters-in-law that they call their “BFFs.” They also have 7 precious gems called grandchildren. Her family has savored many memories of the heart made at Keswick over the last 35+ years and she is thrilled to serve on staff!