Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | November 10, 2015

From Scratch

nov 10“The Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and the man became a living being.” Genesis 2:7 (NIV)

Scrolling on my iPhone screen looking at Facebook updates my friends had posted, I noticed a comment from my next-door neighbor Erin. She had just harvested some sweet potatoes from one of her planters and turned them into a delicious sweet potato pie from scratch.

Idiomatic expressions can be interesting at times, especially when English is not one’s first language, as it was not mine. “From scratch” had always been one of those expressions that made me wonder how it had come to be. So, I moved my fingers towards the toolbar in search of Google. According to what I found, “from scratch” is an expression that originated all the way back in the 1800’s from racing, as the cars would depart from a line scratched into the ground. Simply put, “from scratch” means “to start from the beginning or from nothing.”

Now, if we go back even further land in the book of Genesis, chapter 1 Verse 1, we read, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Wow!! Isn’t it amazing to think that God – who was perfectly content, happy, satisfied with being God and Sovereign master of the universe – decided to share some of Himself with us. He created the earth, populating it, and then created man from scratch – or literally nothing?

I was privileged to get a slice of Erin’s sweet potato pie and it was delicious! It wasn’t only delightful to my palate, but also to my stomach. To Erin, however, it was way more meaningful than just eating sweet potato pie, because she actually planted and harvested the potatoes in order to make the pie. She was the creator of it; from scratch.

The God of the Universe did not create us from scratch just to have us on display for all to see. He created us for His own enjoyment. And He gave each and every one of us a purpose for being alive, and to be called His sons and daughters, His workmanship, His FAMILY.

“Father, thank You for forming us and creating us in Your image in the beginning.”

For His Glory

Luska Suzano
TRBC Coffee Break

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