Yesterday I spent part of my morning sitting in a coffee shop with the intention of writing but ended up doing a great deal of people watching instead. While studying the patrons I noticed something I normally overlook: God’s creativity. Usually I take note of His creative might when I’m in a forest or looking at a sunset or swimming in the ocean, not in a coffee shop in the middle of a bustling city.
You don’t need to be a scientist or a theologian to be in awe of God; you just need to pay attention. Yesterday I saw people of every shape, size, and color walk in and out of that coffee shop. Some were tall while others were short. I saw every shade of hair and eye color, big noses, small noses, 5-heads and foreheads, in a plethora of exciting combinations. That’s creative! But He doesn’t stop there, each person has passions, experiences, talents, and callings that uniquely blend together into what we call life.
My default position is to be skeptical and this subject is no exception. I’ve always had a problem with the idea of an individual person being “special” or “chosen” because the sheer number of human beings who are currently on this planet, not to mention the billions who came before us and the countless that will come after we’ve died. I’ve always thought it was arrogant to think that I could be special, but yesterday I completely changed my perspective.
Isaiah 43:1 says:
“But now thus says the Lord,
he who created you, O Jacob,
he who formed you, O Israel:
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name, you are mine.”
God called not only the nation of Israel, He called Jacob. He has a history throughout the Bible of calling individual people from all different backgrounds. Just look at the disciples! I now realize the perspective I had labeled “arrogant” is actually the better and more Biblical perspective. When you boil it down, my “realism” was just doubt. I was doubting God’s creative ability, not believing He could really make billions of people all different from one another. But he can and has.
The next time you find yourself in the middle of a crowd or sitting back people watching, take a moment to note the differences in each person. Those differences in appearance, personality, and goals make each of us unique. Those quirky or odd things about you that no one else does are important. And, as the great philosopher Dr. Seuss once said: “Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.”
You are uniquely crafted by a creative God, do you believe it?