I loved the 70’s band Kansas and for some reason the song “Dust in the Wind.” It actually kind of paraphrased Psalm 18:42 “I ground [my enemies] like dust on the face of the wind…” and Ecclesiastes 3:20, “All go to one place. All are from the dust, and to dust all return.” The melody of the song was beautiful to me, but the lyrics weren’t the most uplifting. It correlated with the current idea that we are nothing more than cosmic dust combined with molecules in motion. The “forces of nature” caused us to appear with no morals, no conscience, no meaning, and no grand plan. You decide how to live, love, and just do YOU, the cosmic blob you are –just a speck in the universe.

Whew! I’m so glad that is not true. Can you imagine if everyone believed that? What a dark and hopeless world this would be!

Our Creator tells a different story. Before he made you, he knew you, He stamped you with his image and breathed life into you. He loves you because he made you, you are his and he wants a relationship with you. John 3:16-17 tells us “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. The Jewish people believed God loved Israel but Jesus offered salvation to the whole world. Jesus revealed the loving heart of God for all of creation in sending Jesus.

Our heavenly Father wanted us to flourish in the light of his love, not flounder in darkness with no hope. God the Almighty, the holiest of holy loves me and you. His Holy Spirit dwells in us and he is defending us in battles we don’t even know about. He didn’t create us and then abandon us to figure out life on our own. He wants his children to experience joy and peace beyond our own understanding. Have you experienced this peace and joy even when life has thrown some curveballs? We aren’t just cosmic dust in the wind, we are his precious sons and daughters. Let’s spend some time today being grateful God promises in his word never to leave us or forsake us.

Deb Hill

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