28th August 2019

The Original Blue-Sky Thinker

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.”
Genesis 1:1-2 (NIV)

As I was painting the fence in our garden on a hot sunny day, I was struck by how cloudless and blue the sky was. I stared at the sky and thought “How lovely a clear blue sky is. I wish I could find a dress that shade!” I know someone who would agree with NASA’s explanation for a blue sky. “Blue light is scattered in all directions by the tiny molecules of air in Earth’s atmosphere. Blue is scattered more than other colours because it travels as shorter, smaller waves. This is why we see a blue sky most of the time.”

However, as I contemplated and enjoyed the blue sky, I wondered if I was engaging in blue sky thinking. The Collins English Dictionary defines blue-sky thinking as follows “Blue-sky thinking is the activity of trying to find completely new ideas. Some consultants are good at blue-sky thinking but cannot translate that into practical change.” Another definition I found is “Noun – blue-sky thinking. Thinking that is not grounded or in touch in the realities of the present. Open-minded thinking.”

God thought out all the details necessary in the minutest detail, life in myriad forms, environments of all types, before He even started the physical process. In Job 38:4-6 we read “Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding. Who determined its measurements? Surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it? To what were its foundations fastened? Or who laid its cornerstone…” In fact this whole section of the book of Job gives us some idea of the intricacies that God had to think through to make sure everything fitted together.

So as I was thinking about this blue sky, the thought occurred to me “God is the original blue-sky thinker!”

God in Heaven, you are detailed and magnificent in your creation and we praise you. Like Job we find ‘these things too wonderful for me’ and we stand in awe of you.

Study by Rosemary Gent

About the Author:
Rosemary Gent attends Nottingham Grace Communion.

Local Congregation:
Nottingham Grace Communion
Lucy Brown Hall
Attenborough Lane

Meeting Time:
Saturday 2pm

Local Congregational Contact:
Richard White
Email: nottingham@gracecom.church

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