Amidst the craziness of this world, with all of the confusion, hatred, and violence permeating so many aspects of our lives, it is good to be reminded that in spite of people’s willful and sinful rebellion against God, we have been made in his image, beautiful and amazing creatures.
I was recently walking to lunch with two friends when I stumbled and fell. In an instant, I realized I was going down and there was nothing I could do about it. What was so incredible about this whole experience is that in-between the time I stumbled and hit the ground, I decided I would ‘tuck and roll’ (a somersault sort-of move) and wounded up on my knees, facing the opposite direction. It was as if I were an acrobat in a circus and the only thing missing was the crescendo of the band announcing my finish, “Ta-da!”
My two companions were a bit stunned by the unexpected incident (as was I), and afterwards joked that it looked like some sort of a martial arts move. It was one of those embarrassing moments where you know the passerby’s saw the whole thing while pretending nothing happened or that it was something you meant to do.
How on earth did I pull that off? How did my body know what to do and how is it that my individual body parts cooperated in perfect synchronization with one another preventing me from knocking a couple of teeth out? In an instant, by God’s design, my brain communicated with everything else as if to announce, “We have got a problem here! This old man is going down, and rather than have him face plant on the sidewalk, necessitating unwanted dental work, let’s get him to tuck and roll minimizing his embarrassment.” Of course, I don’t really think the dialogue went that way, but you get the idea.
Do you ever think about how it is that your feet know how to walk up and down stairs? Or how your hands can cut up a piece of meat and place it in your mouth (without thinking about it) while having a conversation over lunch? Have you ever considered how it is that you marvel at a beautiful sunset or full moon and you just instinctively know that it is spectacular and it brings you pleasure? Who told you it was beautiful? Have you ever wondered how it is that your music brings you joy and how it is that your ears capture the notes and how the musical notes are even played in the first place?
Oh! I could go on and on and never exhaust the beauty and amazement of humans, beautiful and amazing creatures, made in the image of God. It is true that there is much that is ugly in the world, but in the midst of all of that there is the reminder that God is here and he is the only one, through Christ, who can remedy the ugliness of the sin and rebellion.
What was the last thing you saw, heard, or did that gave you pause, making you realize what amazing and beautiful creatures we are?