Here’s an article from Christianity Today about a topic that comes up a lot here. It’s an interview with theologian Bethany Sollereder (who also appeared in an episode of the Language of God podcast earlier this year), talking about death and suffering and how it fits into creation.
This quote reminded me of some of the back-and-forth we sometimes have on this forum about engineering vs. biological perspectives:
I used to think of God primarily as the cosmic architect who carefully planned, measured, and built everything, like an engineer. But engineers and architects tend to work with non-living materials. You use dead wood; you use stone.
But when I looked in Scripture, most of the analogies are organic: They’re God as king, God as parent, God as lover. Then you’re not working with a dead thing that you can plan and calculate and position. You’re working with dynamic entities who have their own modes of being. And so I sort of laid down a lot of the views of God planning so much as God accompanying, coaching, loving, growing.