The other day I was listening to the radio and pondering God’s architecture.
Specifically, human beings, and how God is personally invested in each one He creates. The scripture says He knit us together in our mothers’ wombs. (Psalm 139:13) That means we are so much more than a plan in the back of His mind that He threw together!
Architecture takes careful thought. It’s not simply about building a structure – there are aspects of art and science to consider. There is a process to planning the design and putting each piece together in the right place at the right time. The architect must be intentional in order to create a magnificent structure that can fulfill it’s purpose.
God built us all strong. Sturdy. Stunning.
It makes me smile big when I think of how I am a work of art shaped by an amazing Creator! That I was made – with hands of love – into something special. I’m not ordinary; I’m unique.
And I’m cherished by the Master Architect!
Then my pondering turned to reflection. I felt God questioning me.
Was I appreciating all His architecture?
What about that person at work who is constantly annoying, listening in to my conversations and inserting comments?
Or that sister in Christ who recently sinned and blamed others for her problems?
Or that other sister who seems to think it’s okay to complain and be grouchy all day long?
Or that coworker who never seems to get his paperwork done on time?
Or that other coworker who does half the work I do and wastes time on her phone every day?
Do I appreciate those works of art? They may have moments where they don’t live up to their potential, and they most certainly aren’t a complete project just yet, but God loves them just as much as He loves me.
He cherishes them, too.
When our children (or spouses, siblings, parents, besties) refuse to share, listen, use manners or clean up after themselves, we still love them with all our hearts. It’s the same for God; He loves those people around us that we don’t particularly see as beautiful.
This week I’m trying a different approach to my attitude; I’m going to intentionally pay attention to each person who rubs me the wrong way and remind myself that God cares about them. He died for them, and they deserve my respect simply because He created them and loves them with all His heart. I want to honor Him by looking past the bad and seeing the good in those around me.
What about you? Are you appreciating all God’s architecture?
*Previously posted March 2016