Kirsti Brockschmidt CLI Intern
Two weekends ago, myself and a friend decided to take advantage of the beautiful 70 degree weekend to explore Saguaro Lake. In the short five months that I have now lived in the sunny state of Arizona, I have to say that it has been one of the most beautiful places I have seen in the area. This was a beautiful day, much like most in Arizona. The lake was a vivid blue, and the sun high in the sky, reflecting off the rocks, made us feel all the more welcomed in by the warmth of the day. I can’t say that I’ve ever felt better on a December day.
As we hiked, we were surprised less by the warmth, and most by the diversity around us. As many of you know, driving on Bush Highway alone offers scenery that varies in many ways. There are cliffs, trees, cacti, and shrubs, all of which seem to vary from the other. I have seen many beautiful places, I mean, after all I am from Montana, however this trail and its surrounding caused me to think of God in a way that I often dismiss.
You see, God is a creative God. The simplest way to see that is in the diversity of nature. Majestic mountains, rolling hills, deep valleys, bluffs of an enormous height, trees, oceans, lakes, rivers, and streams, and that is barely the beginning. But this is not what caught my attention.
I began to think, if God, in His creative nature took the time to think through the varying classifications of cacti, how much more did He creatively think through the process of creating each and every one of us? How about the plans He has for each of us? I don’t think it’s too bold to say, a whole lot more!
The proof is right there, in Psalm 139:13-18 when David writes,
13 “For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts, God!
How vast is the sum of them!
18 Were I to count them,
they would outnumber the grains of sand—
when I awake, I am still with you” (added emphasis).
So what does all of this mean? Well first of all, I think that it means that instead of inwardly grumbling about who we are, we should instead thank God for who He created us to be! Now, I’m not calling for you to write motivational sayings on your mirror, but what I am challenging you to do is to approach God as the Creative that He is. Instead of fighting who you are, invite Him to show you His intentions for taking the time to create you as He did. I venture to guess we’d each be surprised by what He has to say. Secondly, let this be a reminder of the plans that He so intentionally laid out for you. Not only will the exploration of His integrate plan help you understand why He created you as He did, but I believe it will point to the creative way in which His plan for your life will be carried out. This means a greater faith to walk in the unknown God is calling you to. This also means creative solutions to the hardest things you face, that is if you allow God to work in His creativity, trusting that He always knows what is best for you.
I mean, we’re talking about creativity, so the possibilities here are endless.
So, will you join me in approaching God as the Creative He is?