This post is part of the Five Minute Friday blog link-up. It’s an opportunity to join up with a community of writers and bloggers of all ages and stages who gather around a single word prompt to free-write, unscripted and unedited, for five minutes.
“In the beginning, God created…” Those words are simple yet profound. A topic of controversy for some or a shared understanding by others. Yet, do we ever truly stop to consider the magnitude and marvel of His creative design?
I took a trip to the Grand Canyon this summer. We flew to Arizona and then rented a car to hit the highlights we had planned between there and our home state of Texas.
While flying high above the earth amidst billowy clouds, I began preparing for a BSF Bible study over Genesis I soon would be leading. In that moment, as I looked out over the clouds and saw the earth below, I was struck by the awesome magnitude of God’s creativity. It was the perfect precursor to a week spent exploring—hiking, kayaking, waiting, watching—because my mind couldn’t escape the beauty, splendor, and majesty of His creation.
As I looked out over the Grand Canyon, hiked down into its expanse, sat and watched the sun paint the rocky landscape with all colors of the rainbow as it fell from view, I couldn’t help but feel anything but small.
And yet, God, in all His glory and wisdom, could not call creation complete until He topped it with humanity. We look at our world and all of creation and marvel at its beauty. But in God’s eyes, we—you and me—are the jewels. He lovingly and purposefully created us in His image (Genesis 1:27 ESV).
It’s easy to feel small, insignificant, in this great big, complicated world we live in. But go back to the beginning and be reminded of your place in God’s design—lovingly, thoughtfully, and purposefully created for today and the rest of your tomorrows.
8 thoughts on “Five Minute Friday: Purposeful Design”
I love this line especially: It’s easy to feel small, insignificant, in this great big, complicated world we live in. But go back to the beginning and be reminded of your place in God’s design
It’s pretty baffling to accept that truth, isn’t it? But, Jesus died for us, humanity, so that we could forever live with God and see Him face to face.
What an amazing trip you had! I have been to the Grand Canyon only once, and it was just for an hour or so. I would LOVE to go back and spend a week there, hiking and paddling the river, and exploring more of that incredible part of the country.
Nature reminds us of just how big a God we serve!
Nature speaks so eloquently!
Yes, it does!
I adore the Grand Canyon (we live 190 miles away)! And you’re right–hiking into its depths and viewing it during the golden hour confirms in my mind that we are created by design by a loving Creator!
It was magical! My first time to visit…hopefully, not the last. What a treat to that close!