I’ve been listening to the Bible-in-a-year on a Catholic podcast. Now I’m not Catholic, but we’re studying church fathers and creeds in my Theology class at TEDS, and so I thought I’d listen to the BIA so that I could hear the apocrypha as it relates to the Bible. Anyway, I’m somewhere in the beginning of Genesis, and the priest shared a short commentary on the creation of man. He pointed out that no human is created the same; that even with twins there are stark differences between the two. On the surface we can agree with that, but it’s really amazing when you think about it. He forms man from His own hands, and uses a limitless amount of creativity in specializing each person who has the capacity to grow in devotion and worship of Him. There is no end to His creativity! What’s more remarkable is that He creates out of nothing. How often I’ve heard the lowly and depressed say of themselves that they are nothing. Through their circumstances they’ve lost sight of God’s purpose through them; they’ve lost sight of His creation of them. How the adversary seeks to destroy God’s most amazing creation! The point is, if God creates something beautiful out of nothing, then we can never say we are nothing by the very proof of our existence. Indeed, we are God’s specialty, a special creation. By the very proof of the breath in your lungs, you are not nothing, you are something! Furthermore, you’re something worth His love.
God doesn’t create us and let us mill around on this earth without purpose and without knowing His love. What’s amazing is that He has the capacity to love all of us deeply, intensely and genuinely. It got me thinking that, unlike God our Creator, I really only have the capacity for deep relationship with a handful of people. And unlike God we are limited by time; we simply cannot have deep relationship with every single person in our lives. Certainly we can love everyone (and should), but the kind of relationship God desires of us is only limited by how we engage with Him in the span of 24hrs, given to us over and over again. A day really is a gift for the purpose of worship! While running from Saul’s persecution and during one of the lowest times in his life, David praises God, “I will give thanks to You, because I am awesomely and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well.” (Ps 149:13) David recognized that he was created; that he was wonderfully and awesomely made, and even in his darkest moments he recognized the gift of a day and took time to worship God for His creation.
For Valentine’s day this year, I made my mom a cute little gnome from some things I picked up at the dollar store. It’s a week later and it still sits on her table because she and I think it’s so stinkin’ cute that we can’t bear to put it away. It makes us both happy to muse over its adorable little features. The key word here is adore. When we make something, we don’t shove it into a closet and forget about it. In fact, we adore it, and treasure it. We show it to others and talk about its construction, function, purpose and beauty. That’s the same with God, except it’s a greater adoration than we could ever achieve on this side of heaven, and His adoration of us is more than we could ever imagine. He absolutely loves showing us off! Just as we treasure the work of our hands, how much more the Creator treasures His created man – each one uniquely different, uniquely made, uniquely loved and each one uniquely set with creation in his heart. Why? So that we have the capacity to love and adore and worship Him. This verse expresses it best: He has made everything beautiful and appropriate in its time. He has also planted eternity [a sense of divine purpose] in the human heart [a mysterious longing which nothing under the sun can satisfy, except God]—yet man cannot find out (comprehend, grasp) what God has done (His overall plan) from the beginning to the end. (Eccl 3:11, The Amplified Bible)
We may not be able to understand the full extent of how He creates, but we should give thanks at His marvelous works and come close to Him. We were made for this. God is not so small that He doesn’t have the time for us. Today is a gift. Let’s find time to know God today, to worship Him and to marvel at the work of His hands.
Have an adoring day!