“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1
As we live our lives, we must remember to be thankful for the tiny details that are a part of who we are and what we can do. From the fingers of our hands to the cells of our bodies, we are created beings, made by a powerful and loving God, and he has made the wonderful systems of the human body from their finest details.
The Bible, made up of tiny words and spaces inspired by God as well, is full of the details of the creation of the world and all that is in it. There is much about you and me, if we will pause to consider for a moment.
The Psalmist writes again and again about God’s attention to how we were created and set up to be the people we can only be because of him.
“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” ~Psalm 139:13-14
Every detail of our bodies, as well as the way we think and move, was made possible by God’s hand. We think the way we think for a reason. We speak the way we speak for a purpose.
When God says we are fearfully made, he means we were created to reverence and worship him. We have the capacity to see visions from the scriptures, to be lifted and encouraged by hymns and spiritual songs. When we place ourselves in the context of worship, God’s Holy Spirit speaks to our spirits, and we connect with him in ways that no other being can.
When he says we are wonderfully made, consider the 12 systems of the human body. Every one of them, from the circulatory system with the heart to the skeletal system, has a function, and they all are miracles in themselves. He gave them to all of us.
God made us wonderful. You could read it that way, and in a sense it is true. Each one of us is a wonderful, blessed creation of God both with the capacity for wonder and a living example of the great things that God can do. Let’s thank God for those details and more, and tell others how wonderful they are.
God has planned the details of our lives. All we have to do is find them. We are a certain way, we have certain friends and settings of our lives. One could say that life is a daily discovery of the things God has planned for us.
“Many, Lord my God, are the wonders you have done, the things you planned for us. None can compare with you; were I to speak and tell of your deeds, they would be too many to declare.”~ Psalm 40:5
“It’s the little details I love,” writes author Michelle Paver. “How to fletch your arrows with owl feathers, because owls fly silently, so maybe your arrows will, too. How to carry fire in a piece of smouldering fungus wrapped in birchbark. These are the things which help a world come alive.”
What a picture of the details some have had to take to mirror the creator, and to preserve the things which make life better. There are all kinds of bird feathers, but the silent feathers of the owl are the best? Maybe, but it’s a good thought.
Did you know that God even knows how many hairs are on your head? As we get older, they become more precious and less in number, but it is interesting and helpful that he even cares about that tiny detail.
“Are not two sparrows sold for a cent? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. “But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. “So do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows.” ~ Matthew 10:29-31
One of the greatest college basketball coaches of all time was John Wooden. He was a man of faith, and a spectacular coach. He spoke of the details of the game, and therefore of life. “It’s the little details,” he says that are vital. Little things make big things happen.”
Just a word can change a world. A certain look can encourage or lift up. A small action or thought can make a life or death difference in someone or some community.
God gives us tiny and powerful details that make fearful and wonderful results. We might call them blessings. Others might call them gifts. Whatever they are, we would do will to look at them from time to time, for that make us what we are and can be.
Every mountain starts with a grain of sand. Every ocean a drop of water. Every result a step forward.
Celebrate the details which come from heaven and help someone discover the details which constitute a miracle from God.