Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Touched by God

In a famous picture painted by Michelangelo on the Sistine Chapel in Rome there is a depiction of God reaching out His finger to touch the reclining form of Adam. The first man also holds his hand outstretched towards God. It is a famous picture and for many it is a powerful representation of God's creative and connecting power with humanity. The picture is quite dramatic, but does God always touch us in this fashion.

In describing the power of God's touch Jesus says "The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit." John 3:8 This is a more subtle representation of God's touch. But it is no less powerful. In fact the creative power demonstrated by God's restorative power in reclaiming the life of the soul is just as much a testimony to his omnipotence. But it is perhaps this method of interaction that speaks more to God's desire to love each member of his creation.

The true touch of God will not leave a life unchanged. Just as the finger of God in Michelangelo's painting gave physical life to Adam, so too the touch of the Holy Spirit gives life to the souls of Adam's descendants. Perhaps the next time we seek God's touch we can be open to the touch of the heart that He so longs to provide.

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