“God created humanity in God’s own image, in the divine image God created them, male and female God created them.” Genesis 1:27 (CEB)
Neil DeGrasse Tyson gets unusually excited when he explains how humans came into being. Our molecules can be traced to the stars that exploded billions of years ago, scattering gas clouds that collapsed, forming our own solar system, then molding the earth and all creation that inhabits it. “We are not only figuratively, but literally, stardust,” he exclaims with wide eyes.
What a beautiful illustration of God’s creativity and power. Genesis tells us God spoke into the chaos and brought order. God molded the laws of physics and meticulously crafted atoms.
God created humans out of dust – stardust. Then God breathed life into humans differently than any other part of creation. You were created by God, in God’s image, with the very breath of life in you.
This same spark rests in each of us. God’s image is in us all, and from that perspective, it becomes easier to love others. You have the most important thing in common with the person who is most different from you in the entire world-God’s breath.
God of the universe, you are powerful and big, and yet you have left your mark on me. Remind me that we are all your image-bearers. Amen.
Some exciting news, friends – I submitted that piece ^^^ to be published in a devotional book, and it didn’t make it…BUT THIRTEEN OTHERS DID!!!
And for some even more exciting news – Just Breathe: 365 Devotional Journal is available today!! You can get this gem at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Target (OMG something with my name on it is sold in Target, y’all).
Writing just never feels like a job. I love it too dang much. I’m so grateful to have the opportunities that I’ve stumbled upon. Shout out to Ann Swindell for giving me a heads up about the call for submissions! I took a writing class from her, and y’all – she’s the real deal. If you’re looking to hone your craft, check out her Writing With Grace course.
I can’t believe God has called me to write. It’s the thing I love most, and I get to do it as ministry – what?! May the words on the page and the meditations of my heart be pleasing to You, O Lord – my rock and my redeemer.