For as long as the sun has risen and the rivers have flowed to the sea, so has creation remained faithful. Her character has remained the same, constant, set, unchanging, still. For thousands of years the apple has fallen, the spider has spun, the salmon has fought, and the butterfly has expressed new life... so will the highest creation of all, mankind, continue to express his present state.
Still, the apple rots as it falls from its branch. Decaying every moment as it lies at the foot of the tree, it lies disconnected from its source. So is the man who is filthy, who rejects the truth in exchange for a lie, giving himself over to his own lusts and desires, living a life of self-indulgence. On the outside only the hint of a bruise, but inwardly eaten away with rot and decay.
Still, the spider weaves her web. Dew drops glisten off her intricate threads in the morning light. A beautiful demonstration of her work, but an invisible deathtrap for the unsuspecting insect that lies struggling within. Just like the unjust businessman who builds up his own small empire, making a pleasing offer to the unsuspecting buyer... his wares embellished to sell for the purpose of his own gain at the expense of others.
Still, the salmon determinedly fights, rushing upstream, with zeal, leaping its way up the river to spawn. Just like the man who desires to do what is right, struggling to overcome the obstacles that stand in his way... the obstacles of society which encourages the SELF-CENTERED-NESS of a person. This man goes out of his way to help his neighbor, humble enough to ask for forgiveness and make amends for the wrongs he has done... who works hard and honestly to meet the needs of his family. He is determined to live by what he knows is right and turn away from what he knows is wrong.
Still, the chrysalis breaks forth with new life — old things are gone and new things come — as the wings of the butterfly stretch to full glory.... lifting her to freedom. No longer a caterpillar, but transformed into a new creation, totally removed from the old. So will be the holy who, giving up their old unjust, filthy and even righteous lives, are now set apart to express their new-found freedom. Living together in community.... the forming of a new social order, they live to demonstrate our Creator’s true character, through His love and unity working in them.
All four will remain eternally...
on and on, unchanging...
constantly the same,
as always and forever...... set...... throughout eternity........ Still.