Next week my family will be celebrating “Gotcha Day” for the 7th time. It is the anniversary of when my family adopted a beautiful little girl from China. As I write this she is bopping around in the backyard, giggling in a colorful sundress, with her hair in pigtails.
Here we see, in the very first chapter of the Bible, God speaking into existence the human race. Yet, from this one declarative sentence, we are able to glean an incredible amount of information about the nature of both God and humanity.
Don't you just love those words...."The truth is that God has never planned that His children should live forever stretched upon a cross. Christ Himself endured His cross for only six hours. When the cross had done its work, life entered and took over.
I woke up this morning with that "I didn't even get close to enough sleep last night" feeling and immediately swung into "Mom Mode." Eli's glasses had been missing since yesterday afternoon, and my thoughts of "I'm sure they'll turn up" had soured overnight into internal grumblings and blame shifting.
You won't find the word "Trinity" in the Bible, nor will you find a clear definition of the Trinity anywhere in Scripture. But does that mean we can conclude that God is not triune? The term "Trinity" was developed, as are many other theological terms, in order to summarize biblical concepts.
These kind of passages crash violently into all of my preconceived notions and false senses of control! And through the ringing whiplash, God, in his mercy, stirs repentance and worship. How easily my pride creeps in and begins to question the God of the universe.