2017-09-04 - A Citrus Paradise
Your hands made me and formed me; Psalm 119:73 NIV
The news that my toddler daughter tried grapefruit does not sound very noteworthy, but she gravitated toward the peel and not the fruit. She wanted no part of the portion of the fruit which was tasty, safe, and acceptable to consume. Was the fruit peel more attractive? A neater texture? No doubt it was less slimy and squishy.
I loved that my child admired the tropical color, texture, and sweet scent of the fruit. She was admiring one of God’s creations, and it dawned on me that she was also God’s handiwork.
I took a closer look at her face, not just for a milk mustache or a food crumbs, but for how God formed her. He has a reason for her extra long eyelashes. Like all children and adults, she was created in His image. She is the Lord’s daughter, a person alive for a specific purpose. A young girl filled with ideas and words yet to be expressed.
While we were made in God’s image, we do not always choose what is best for us. It could be something inappropriate, forbidden, new, or different, but regardless of our decisions or actions, we are valuable and unforgettable to the Lord.
God cares so much for us that He knows the number of hairs on our head, knows our every thought and every aspect of our lives -- from the shape of our toes to what we will eat for breakfast. (See Psalm 139:13-18 and Matthew 10:29-30).
Do you ever think: I’m so bored; let me count every single strand of hair? It’s an impossible and tedious task in human terms. But not for God. Why would a God who created every single thing we know, every complex system, decide He wanted to make known the exact number of hairs? It’s simple, everything about you and me is important to God.
God, the creator of the universe knows the number of hairs on our head and what our every day on Earth will be like. These facts show us how God knows all these details exclusively and cares about us intimately. So the next time your child refuses a slice of fruit and just wants to play tic-tac-toe with the seeds, smile and take heart. Use this as an opportunity to see God’s image in him or her.
Lord, Thank You that every detail about me is important to You. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
All scripture references are from the New International Version (NIV) unless otherwise noted.