From dust to dust

I have never really built anything of significance. I played with toys and built small things as a kid and even a small cabin. As an adult I have refurbished an apartment, helped others build their houses and then observed people build mine.

When you build something you know how it is fit together. You know about all the bits and pieces, the foundation, the bricks, the walls. You know what’s behind the wall, underneath the paint and the tiles.

If things break you will know how to fix it if you actually have the knowledge about how it is built. As kids, especially boys will disassemble everything just out of curiosity. And afterwards they will sometimes never get it put together again.

The God who created us actually knows how we are put together. David wrote a psalm where he really acknowledges this;
“As a father has compassion for his children,
so the Lord has compassion for those who fear him;
for he knows how we are formed,
he remembers that we are dust.”

Genesis tells us that God created mankind;
“Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.”

And I go back to the psalm of David (number 103) and read out loud the whole thing. I just love it. Our bodies are for a short time, but our spirits are forever. In the meantime we can get insight in all the bits and pieces.

He knows how we’re put together and he knows how to fix us.


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