How does it make you feel to know you were “hand-crafted” by a God who loves you?
Imagine you had the privilege of being recognized for your character and achievements. The community in which you born and raised decided to honor you as a native son or daughter by setting up a museum exhibit that reflected your life.
You were in your later years when you received the news of this recognition and you plan to travel home for the occasion. There would be several “You’s” that will be part of the exhibit. The real-life “you” would be present to shake hands, pose for pictures, and greet the well-wishers who show up for the opening of the exhibit.
Researchers are busy creating a series of life-size paintings, pictures, and replicas of you during parts of your life: elementary-middle-high school, your university years, and then the next few decades of your life. The challenge is to find images and descriptions that will help specialists form and fashion what you looked like then and now. They are especially targeting three ages; 19, college sophomore when you decided to live by the values and teachings of Jesus; 40, when you survived a health scare and stressful job situation that tested your ethics; and 67, when you retired and were recognized for living a full, humble, and generous others-centered life.
Museum designers armed with lasers, 3D-computers, and other modern tools hope to create authentic looking versions of you, down to the minute detail of the scar under your nose where your brother hit you with a rake in a fight when you were ages 10 and 9. Your head will be the most difficult of all the tasks. It will initially be made of clay, then wax added, and the final painting will perfect the project. Of course, the replicas will be judged in comparison to your recollection of your likenesses, since you are still alive, before the museum is open to the public.
It is a painstaking process to attempt to put together several versions of a former citizen of your town. It requires significant research, analysis, and artistic and technological skill. Even when the experts are done, what they will have created is only a facsimile of who you really are.
Read Isaiah 64:3-8.
Verse eight says, “Yet, O Lord, You are our Father. We are the clay. You are the potter; we are all the work of Your hand.” The prophet declared that God made each of us out of clay (the dirt, or stuff of the earth) with the care only a loving Father could possess.
We often struggle with feeling less than God’s handiwork, or best work, and more like an after-thought. We often yield to comparing ourselves to others, which is always dangerous. We tend to be insecure about our looks, background, and personality. We are susceptible to envy, which leads us to do what everybody else is doing…because it is fueled by comparison.
The awesome God (verse 3) who is over all of creation made us! He calls us, “the work of My hands for the display of My splendor “ (Isaiah 60:21). How can you display His splendor?
Walk wisely. Do not play the comparison game. Do not let your insecurities define you. Do not succumb to envy. You are dirt with divinity. You are a masterpiece of a loving Father.
Love is a verb,
©2018 by Mike Olejarz