Scripture: verse 6
[There is] one God, the Father of all, who rules over all, works through all, and is in all.
Observation: I’ve been talking with my mom lately about a word she got some years ago: that God works recursively, like sourdough starter. Sourdough is traditionally made with wild yeasts, encouraged to grow in the dough over time, so every time you make sourdough you’re supposed to keep a lump of the dough in the fridge, to be “fed” and used to leaven the next loaf. (I’ve never actually done this, to be honest, but I’d like to someday.)
Some people adapt this process to make “Friendship Bread.” The starter is built up over the course of a few weeks, and then it is split – some goes back in the fridge, some is used to make bread, and some is packed up (with instructions and hopefully a loaf of freshly-baked bread) and given to a friend. If people keep giving it to others, the number of people who have the starter grows exponentially and soon everyone is making bread.
And so we have this picture of God. He is ruling everything, Master of Creation, counting hairs and watching sparrows and determining the fall of the dice. He is also in me, using me and growing me and generally investing tons of time and energy into me. He is also, at the very same time, in my husband and my daughter and every other believer on the planet. And the amazing thing is, He is wholly Himself in each of us. He isn’t split up or distracted or even juggling a million tasks at once. He is, Himself, wholly present and focused on me. And you. And creation.
God is the same yesterday, today and forever. Like the starter, He is Himself in every single one of us. And like the starter, He is changing each of us to be more like Himself.
Application: Trust Him and let Him do His work 🙂
Prayer: Father, thank you for being in me. Thank you for devoting all of your attention to me. I praise you that you are the same and your love never changes, regardless of scale or situation or circumstances. I love you. Amen.