A sweet little girl, we were looking after, came into the kitchen and said, “Momma Marj, why do you guys say God’s name so much at your house?”
“Well,” I said, giving myself a second to process the question. I continued, “It’s because He made us and He made the whole big, wide world and He made you for us to love. And God has done a lot of wonderful things in our lives so we have lots to say about Him.”
“Oh Okay,” she said and went back into the other room.
She seemed happy with my answer but I know that for some people that wouldn’t be a good enough answer. If she was older and needed more explanation I would probably share a story or two from my life. Or I would tell her some bizarre things that I think about, like isn’t it cool that when we have a cut the sensation we get is pain so we don’t want to touch it, which is different than if we get a bug bite or a rash and we want to scratch. What would happen if we felt the sensation of itchy when we had an open wound? That could get ugly. Eww.
I also think this world seems to be created just for us, like if the gravitational pull was just a little stronger I might have to walk on my knees or if it had a little less strength I would have to bounce to where I was going. (Wouldn’t I look funny then?)
Isn’t it great that the trees and other plants give off oxygen, and I breathe it in and I breathe out carbon dioxide, and trees and plants soak that in? We can grow our own food. It seems to be set up perfect for our survival. We all need water and it rains.
I also think it’s amazing how the eyes need a certain amount of vitamin A and lutein, and the stomach gets those things out of our food, and then the blood stream transports the right essential ingredients to the right spots. The same thing goes for essential fatty acids and serotonin. Our brains need these and our stomach extracts them or the building blocks for them from our foods, and our blood transports it to our brains. Our bodies are like computers. Can you imagine the computer that is sitting on your desk or the phone that is in your hand just happening without a designer? Bill Gates and other men like him, I’m sure spent a lot of years creating those devices. If we put all the elements of a computer together in one place could it ever have come together on it’s own to become a working computer?
I love to look at the beauty of nature, how perfectly a flower is made, the smell of a new born baby or the smell of a new born puppy’s breath. The majesty of an eagle, the colors of a butterfly, the transparent wings of a dragon fly and the glow of a firefly. Or watching and listening to the water as the wind moves it or when it is just sitting as still as glass. I think about how each species was created after its own kind and how they can’t mate with other species and continue to reproduce. They are created by design.
As a teenagers, my girlfriends and I used to lay in the park and look up at the sky at night. I used to wonder how far it went. We only see a minute portion of what’s out there. Even if we look through the strongest telescopes there is so much beyond its reach. It kind of puts me into perspective. I am less than a dot from outer space and yet God cares about me, personally. That’s pretty cool.
Something else I think that couldn’t be randomly fashioned is our thoughts and feelings. While I agree that they can be messed up, most of the times love, patience, anger, and frustration can be powerful forces. What would our lives be like if we didn’t have these or if they were mixed up because they hadn’t been designed to work the way they do. Frustration and anger can propel us into the next successful thing that we do. Patience, wisdom and love can raise an amazing child. Yes, I know we have murderers, rapists, selfish, and hot headed people in this world but that isn’t the norm and I agree the emotional part of ourselves can get messed up, but what would we do without empathy, passion, humour, resistance, fear, and intelligence? I look to my family and those I love to spend time with and inside of them I see well-orchestrated arrangements of emotions, humour and intelligence. Survival of the fittest didn’t have to include love.
Isaiah 40: 12 (NKJV) Who has measured the waters in the hollow of His hand,
Measured heaven with a span
And calculated the dust of the earth in a measure?
Weighed the mountains in scales
And the hills in a balance?
Genesis 1:24 (NKJV) 24 Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth the living creature according to its kind: cattle and creeping thing and beast of the earth, each according to its kind”; and it was so.
I love it that even though I am less than a speck in the whole universe that God knows everything about me, and He wants to help me with my problems.
Matthew 10:30 (NKJV) 30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
Isaiah 49:16 (NKJV) 16 See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands;
Your walls are continually before Me.
1 Peter 5:6-7 Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.
1 John 3:1 See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him.