The Shema was an integral part of the ancient Hebrews faith. “Hear, O hear Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord is one! And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.” Found in Deuteronomy 6:4-5 this truth, this command directed the life of the Hebrews. For the children of God to follow Him, to know Him was something other than a simple confession of faith or even a list of habits. No, it was much deeper. Our English language is a poor substitute for the ancient Hebrew dialect. Heart was something more akin to one’s gut or entrails and might well that is the best word of them all. The Hebrew word is so much bigger than might for it implies all of one’s self, our essence and every fiber of our being our “muchness,” as my Hebrew professor explained it. We are to love the Lord our God with all that we are and throughout every part of our life. For the Hebrew there was no separation of life, no compartmentalizing, their faith came through every facet of who and what they did.
And so should our aim be, to love God with all of our “muchness.” As believers we ought to go about every part of our day, through the fulfilling of every responsibility and task doing our work unto the Lord. That is the aim of this blog, my reason for writing—to share my “muchness” as a means to encourage and inspire all who read it. That in reading about little moments in life that are given back to the Lord as praise, acts of obedience, of showing love or extending grace and even those times of struggling and strife in the hope that you will find a bit of encouragement in your journey, perhaps a nugget of wisdom, but most of all that you would in turn set your mind to loving the Lord our God with all your “muchness.”Why “All the Beautiful Birds”?
Several times in Scripture the Lord uses images of birds to remind His children of His faithfulness and great care He has for them.
“Are not two sparrows sold for a cent? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Therefore do not fear; you are of more value than many sparrows.” Matthew 10:29-31
“Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?” Matthew 6:26
Birds are glorious creatures with whom we feel a sense of awe and probably a deeper sense of envy for they have arguably one of the greatest abilities of all creatures the ability to fly, to soar high above the clouds to look out over all the rest of creation. They are magnificent and beautiful creatures with an extraordinary ability. And still how much more does the Lord love us? How much more does He regard us?