In His Image
A good friend of mine recently had a miscarriage. After having tried for several years to have a baby, she resigned herself to the idea that God must not want her to raise a family. When I asked her about using cutting edge medical procedures in order to get pregnant, she replied that she wanted God to give her a child, not get one by her own efforts.
I thought about what my friend would do if she did have a child. Did she plan on continuing to feed her daughter pablum and change her diapers year after year? Would she be happy if her daughter decided to sit like a lump on the living room floor, waiting for her mother to dress her, or move her from room to room? Would my friend expect her daughter to wait until she was carried into the dining room before she would sit at the table? Would her daughter ever choose her own foods to eat or feed herself? If not, would such passivity be obedience or illness? Is a child with her own individual desires and hopes simply being rebellious?
Is God pleased with passivity? Does He really intend on giving us the desires of our heart, if we delight ourselves in Him, or does He change our desires into His and give us the desires of His heart. It is written in Habakuk that the LORD leads us to our high places, not to His high places. Can God really be that concerned with the things that we hope for, can He value the treasures our our heart? Can the Living God who spread forth the heavens be interested in our thoughts and imaginations?
In the beginning, Yahweh wanted intimacy. He could not have intimacy by Himself. So God had to separate Himself from Adam. The LORD tore Adam from His own soul, and then created Eve. He created two naked people, with nothing in their universe but water, air, plants, animals, dirt and rocks.
So what did these two humans, children of the Living God, do with their world? They created an iPhone, so they could talk to each other instantaneously, from opposite sides of the world. Adam and Eve looked up at the moon and decided they wanted to go there. So, in time, their children did. We are made in the image of God. We, like Yahweh, are geniuses. The world is our backyard. In Genesis, Yahweh said that, if He allowed it, there was nothing that His children would be unable to do.
When God’s children come together, over time, we grow up into an ever more mature image of our Father. We dream, imagine and tinker with the things around us. We question, explore and experiment. We create. God made everything in the universe from 118 elements, all of which are made up of just three things: protons, neutrons and electrons. Our creations are an expression of the Father who made us, who put Himself in us; they are an extension of His glory and genius.
Christianity has historically declared that all art, science, dance, sculpture and joy spring from the divine in man. Science is now unlocking the secrets of quantum entanglement, the function of the human brain, and even the nature of time itself. The glory of God is man fully alive. As we embrace the glory that is ours, our true identity will be revealed to us: we are the children of the Living God of Israel. Innovation, brilliance and life will pour out of us, in a crescendo, as the glory of God breaks forth in our lives. In the end, like all children, we will grow up and bear the image of our Father. In time, we will know the Living God just as He knows us: we will know even the number of hairs on Yahweh’s head.