Saturday, January 14, 2012

Each one unique

Norman Nagel:

The Lord loves a banquet.  He is happiest when His people are gathered at the table with Him.  The Lord delights in giving out good things--ordinary, everyday things, and things far beyond the ordinary.  It has always been that way.  When He created the world, God was so pleased with it that He couldn't keep it for Himself and simply had to share it with some who would delight in it with Him.  And there is always more--more than we could ever imagine.  The solar system is quite a lot, more than enough, we would likely say.  Then the Lord flings out the galaxies and nebulae and more beyond that.  No two of anything the same, and on one tiny particular speck He puts water.  "And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven"  (Genesis 1:20).

Half a dozen different birds would surely be enough, perhaps a dozen kinds of fish.  But no, we have some of the craziest looking fish.  Some from deep down in the darkest depths of the sea we have only recently got pictures of.  Only the Lord knew they were there all this time, but now we have cameras that can take pictures of them and we can wonder at them.  "Why on earth did God make something like that?"

Why on earth did the Lord make something like you?  There is only on like you--ever has been, ever will be.  the Lord multiplies His delight.  He doesn't have the same delight in any hundred of the same.  He has a different delight in each unique one of us, and He invites us into delighting with Him in each one.

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