A story to tell
This episode of Rhyme and Reason has a story to tell. Well, actually two stories within a story. They both come from articles I wrote quite a while back. Anyway, it’ll all make sense when you tune in. Or if you prefer to read, keep scrolling down.
Down the river there’s a ripple and a wake
That doesn’t seem to end like it does in a lake.
It doesn’t need a storm or a deep earthquake
To shimmer and shudder and shiver and shake.
Down the river there’s a mile-high sky
That changes real fast as the rocks roll by.
It doesn’t share a smile or a mournful sigh.
It darkens and lightens and closes one eye.
Down the river there’s a story to tell
That a few old-timers and their dogs know well.
A tale of woe when the river did swell…
And sent all the rafters to Heaven or Hell.
Down the river, where the rapids break free,
Is a place you’ll be glad that you got to see.
It’s where you’ll decide if you ever will be
Back down the river to the landing tree.
Here’s another story to tell…
Imagine, for a minute, that there are 7 layers of the heart.
The first layer is a deep, dark indigo where the heart is conceived. The second layer is a rich, regal purple where the heart is created. The third layer is a magnetic, cobalt blue where the shape of the heart is formed. The fourth layer is a fertile, emerald green where love can grow. The fifth layer is a warm, glowing orange where emotions are kindled. The sixth layer is a lilting yellow where faith and hope mingle. And the seventh layer is a luscious, rose red where the embers of life never die out.
Now…imagine all those layers of the heart are poured out quickly and form a beautiful work of art. And imagine everyone who walked by wanting to know who the artist was.
“Oh my,” says one passer-by. “I’ve never seen such spectacular colors. It must’ve taken the artist years to create such a masterpiece.”
But it just so happens, the artist is right behind the canvas in the next aisle. And he comes around to face the observer and says…
“Not at all…I created this piece before lunch one day.”
“Impossible,” replies the observer. “No one could create such a wonderful work of art in only a few hours.”
“And yet…I tell you I did.” The artist begins to appear frustrated. “If you won’t believe me in this small matter, what would you ever believe?”
Here’s the deal…
I have this ongoing story to tell. It’s part of my Christian job description. This time I talked about a heart to describe our beautiful layered world. The artist is actually the Creator of the universe and all the matter in it. He did that in 6 days. And when, in His wise judgment, He flooded the world one time about 4,000 years ago, many beautiful layers of sediment were deposited in many places. It all happened in days…not millions of years. And now, 4,000 years later, we can still see those amazingly parallel strata in places like the Grand Canyon.
It’s so much more awesome to celebrate design in our world and universe than it is to experience a lifetime of uncertainty found in random chance. Just the thought of it lights up all the layers of the heart.
Rhyme and Reason with Tony Funderburk
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