For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. Romans 8:22-23
When we drive to Chattanooga and see water seeping through the limestone from the interstate, I imagine creation groaning. I envision the creation subjected to the evil of this world wanting to burst forth and cry out to the Holy God to restore it back to its intended state.
Do you feel it?
Our souls do the same.
It’s welling up in you. It’s welling up in me. There are no words adequate enough for us to express it to one another. We just know it’s something we share because we’re told so. Some days it seeps like the water from the limestone. Some days it feels as though it will burst from your chest. The eagerness for adoption. The eagerness for redemption.
“The first-fruit does but whet the appetite–does but stir up the desire it was never meant to satisfy. [It] should but excite in them an insatiable thirst after more.” Charles H. Spurgeon