Crafting Atmospheres (Part One)

atmosphere

1. the gaseous envelope of a celestial body (such as a planet)

2. the whole mass of air surrounding the earth

3. the air of a locality the stuffy atmosphere of the waiting room

4. a surrounding influence or environment an atmosphere of hostility

5. a unit of pressure equal to the pressure of the air at sea level or approximately 14.7 pounds per square inch (101,325 pascals )

6. the overall aesthetic effect of a work of art

7. an intriguing or singular tone, effect, or appeal an inn with atmosphere
— Merriam Webster

I love the concept of atmosphere. Even more than that, I love to experience it.

Why?

Well… I think it goes back to my previous entry of how I was made…

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
— Genesis 1:1
So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
— Genesis 1:27

God loves to craft a good atmosphere, so, I guess I must too.

It is so intimately connected to who we are, being made in His image, that it’s presented right at the beginning of everything and what is amazing is He didn’t just go and do all the work Himself. He laid the foundations and then told us to go and finish it.

Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
— Genesis 1:28

Of course we fell from that grace… so He had to come and save our butts and finish it Himself… but in doing so, He also redeemed our original purpose and invited us to partner with Him to bring it to fulfillment… to those who believe and receive… to those who love Him…

So really… it’s all an allusion that we create or we build or we finish something... In reality, it’s more that we are learning what God has already finished because of who He is and we are following what we see. It’s a prophetic act. It’s available to all.

It’s kinda like a dad having a son sit on his lap while he mows the lawn on his riding lawn mower. From the kids perspective, he thinks, “Dad! Look what I did!” From the dad’s perspective, he just enjoyed being with his son.

Oh, there is the possibility for us to do things on our own. Pride and selfishness will carry us as far as our heart desires. Problem is, those things we go out and do on our own…

are always empty… lifeless…

There’s no atmosphere there… no wind…

God does not breathe on what’s not His. A mighty man of God who I worked with, Gregg Johnson, put it this way, “What’s God’s grows, what’s man’s just goes…”

So there is a choice. We can go out, craft and build on our own, something from our own imagination that we think will matter in this life, but really has no life or atmosphere, or we can look to our Father in heaven, seeing the multitude of blueprints that radiate from His glory and say like a child, “Oh! Oh Daddy! I want that Lego set! I want to build that! Please can I build that?!”

True creativity is found in His glory. True fulfillment is found in partnering with what is already fulfilled. Seeking to find fulfillment outside of who He is... can never be found, because He simply... Is...

But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
— Hebrews 11:6

As for me, I was born fallen and fluttered in the wind for a few years, not fully understanding this wisdom. But now, by the grace of God, I’m still young and my greatest desire is to behold the glorious face of Jesus and say, “Oh Jesus, would you grant me that blueprint?! Your Lego sets are so much better than mine! I see Your testimony here! I see the possibilities! I see Your glory filling the earth! Can I please build that Lego set with you Daddy?!”

So… I choose daily, like Jesus, to partner with what I hear and see the Father doing.

He’s a good Father.

He will give what we ask…

… once we finally behold.

Then Jesus answered and said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner. For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself does; and He will show Him greater works than these, that you may marvel.
— John 5:19-20

to be continued...

Stephen Ibach — stephenibach.blog
Media Director of Ember