You Were Planned By God
Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness…”
God has created some pretty amazing things!
If you’ve ever seen the spectacle that is a blue whale bursting up out of the ocean, high into the sky, and then slamming right back into the vortex that it had just made, you can appreciate its size! IT’S MASSIVE! Being the world’s largest animal, it could easily crush a small boat if it landed on it after doing what is called, “cetacean behavior,” or “surface breaching.” (That cool thing it does when it jumps up out of the water!)
I’ve done some research this morning, and I came to find out that a blue whale can weigh as much as a half a million pounds! A baby blue whale gains up to a ton of weight in a month! (That makes me feel better after gaining a couple pounds each weekend!) The heart of an adult male can tip the scales at over 1,000 pounds! And, the length of a full grown blue whale can span the length of 3 buses!
On the very opposite “size side” of the animal kingdom is a mammal that could easily be mistaken for an overgrown bumblebee. The hog-nosed bat is the smallest recorded animal on the planet. If you walked into a cave full of these little bitty bats, you’d think that you just stirred up a hornet’s nest! They are so small that when it rains it’s hard for them to fly!
But what I think is the most amazing thing about both of these animals – what is most intriguing – is that God thought of both of them… They were God’s idea! And He didn’t just think up how different their sizes would be, but also, their bone structure, what cells would even make up their bone structure, how they’d look, what they’d like to eat, so on an so forth.
GOD THOUGHT OF THAT!
God LOVES variety. No two things are the same! Even twins, the genetic make-up, which matches, still can’t produce two of the exact same people! They still have different likes, styles, hobbies, personalities, and goals. God made us all different, and, He PLANNED all of this!
What baffles my mind is that the very same God who first thought of, and then created, these enormous blue whales and itty-bitty-little hog-nosed bats, THAT VERY SAME GOD, He thought of me and you too. He planned us before He created this vast universe! (Ephesians 1:4). He personally stitched you together in your mother’s womb! (Psalm 139:13).
And best of all, the most exciting news, the very thing that should make you feel SPECTACULAR is this: Out of all of His creation, from the sun, the planets, and the stars, to the fish in the sea, the birds of the sky, and the lions of the Serengeti – EVEN compared to the biggest mountains, the lush rain forests, and vast deserts….. YOU are His most prized possession… YOU ARE HIS MASTERPIECE!!! (Ephesians 2:10). He created all of this for you to enjoy with Him.
And how do you enjoy it with Him? How do you not just enjoy this life He’s given, but go on to live out your eternity with Him?… Jesus. By simply placing your faith in Christ, asking Him to come into your heart and lead your life, and then by living out each day showing Him that you love Him. And why exactly, do we love Him? That’s easy. Because He loved us first. So much so, that He just had to create us. -Matt
A prayer for you: Gooooooooood morning Lord! Wow, what a beautiful, crisp morning you’ve given me! Thank you! Thank you for the sound of the birds, thank you for the good health you’ve given me, thank you for the blessings I have! This morning I ask that you help the people who are still on the fence about believing in you to FINALLY enter into a relationship with you. Tug on their hearts and help them to understand that you only want what’s best for them. Help all those who are reading this to know that you are good, and that you wish no harm on anyone. Open up their hearts to realize that you simply want them to love and respect your Son Jesus, by placing their faith in Him. Teach them that this is a one-time deal, and that nothing they DO, or don’t do, can make them right with you, ONLY their faith in Jesus as the Forgiver of their sins makes them right! After they understand this grace found in Jesus, help them to walk out and enjoy this beautiful life, on this beautiful planet, with you in Spirit. In Christ’s name, amen!
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