I marvel at the creativity of man. We can build massive dams, bridges, even harness nature through something like a fish hatchery. In southern KY (not southern Indiana as I say in the video…that was a real “Pappy” moment), on the west side of Lake Cumberland is the Wolf Creek National fish hatchery. What a wonderful place run by the US Fish and Wildlife Service. It includes the hatchery and visitors center that is all free and open to the public. This ability to harness is a God-given gift (see Genesis 1:28-30) and man has used hatcheries like this to stock lakes, rivers and streams all over our country.
“This station currently produces approximately 1,000,000 rainbow, brown, and brook trout weighing 275,000 pounds annually. In cooperation with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, fish are stocked into 120 different public fishing waters in the state. No private waters are stocked. The majority of the fish are stocked in waters controlled by the federal government.” (from https://www.fws.gov/wolfcreek/ )
Hard work goes into programs and projects like this. In some ways that hard work is built into us as created by God. In other ways that hard work is a result of the fall. Either way we as men and women are called to work and to work through the challenges we face in that work. Thankfully, when God “worked” all He had to do was speak and it came into existence. God is cool like that. But He is also mighty, majestic, wonderful, powerful, eternal. And He can be trusted with our lives even when we feel weak or puny, maybe especially when we feel such.
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. 19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.
In thinking about Colossians 1:15-20, I am reminded of the who, what, why, when and how of creation. As God spoke creation into existence it was through the Son, Jesus Christ that everything came into being. Of course, this action is almost totally beyond my comprehension. But based upon passages like this, I can understand the why:
Christ made the invisible God, visible to us.
All things were created for Christ. All. Your life, my life, everything.
Christ holds all things together. All. Your life, my life, everything.
Christ is preeminent. (leading, foremost, best, finest, chief, outstanding, excellent, distinguished, prominent, eminent, important, top, famous, renowned, celebrated, illustrious, supreme, marquee)
God was and is pleased to dwell with His Son.
Christ reconciles all things in this world through His blood shed on the cross.
This last statement is transformational in the fullest sense of the word. Fish hatcheries bring new fish life into the world and that is a wonderful thing to see and behold. But that new life begins from other life. However, through the cross Christ takes brokenness and our death and brings reconciliation…with us and the created order God established, but even more so with God Himself. For those who have accepted the gift of Christ and the cross, this transformation cuts to the core of all we are, we are new creations.
I love that so very much…and I am eternally grateful for that gift God has given me through Christ.