Contemplation involves a description of the work. The detailed analysis of the work allows us to appreciate the author at the right moment. David says:
“When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place…” Psalm 8:4
To illustrate this, it is evident that a painting costs excessively. One day I was looking at a painting, and I observed carefully how these people had created it by hand, as if it were a modern machine that had shaped it.
There is exceptional genius and innovation. The more you delve into the details of the painting, the more you discover the intelligence and ingenuity of the author. In doing so, at times, we, Christians in particular, do not contemplate enough, and we quickly go to the author to appreciate him. The more time we spend contemplating, the more we appreciate God’s work, and we value it through deep gratitude.
In biblical times, God chose a child named Joseph, to whom He gave a dream showing that he would rule over his elders. God revealed to Pharaoh 7 years of plenty and 7 years of famine. But when Joseph explained Pharaoh’s dream, he understood that his destiny was linked to this situation. And Pharaoh, having decided to elevate him, assigned him a position that did not exist but was tailor-made due to his wisdom and divine gifts.
After a time drowned in despair, the hatred of his brothers, the Machiavellian plan of Potiphar’s wife, and imprisonment, Joseph understood that he was designed to be the wisdom for these 7 years of famine and 7 years of plenty. This allowed him to understand his purpose on earth.
You may be weeping today, but tomorrow you will give thanks to God. God breaks us today so that tomorrow we become the solution to a drought. Based on the above, we can engage in contemplation to understand that God’s dreams are the best for our well-being. This is one more reason to thank God for everything we do not know and do not understand in our lives. Spend time with the work and contemplate.
This text is an excerpt from the book “MATONDO: Living Through Thanksgiving ” written by Arlette Manegabe, Athom’s Mbuma, David Kajisu, Fifi Bilolo Tunasi, Grâce Tshiashala, Michael Tettey, Pasteur Lévi Kongolo Kazadi, Sissi Bogoli, Tracien Boma.