All along the beach, children could be seen scooping damp sand into buckets. Packing the sand firmly, their hands swiftly flipped the bucket over, sliding it off to reveal a mound of building material. Carefully shaping walls and forming spires, these tiny architects took great care in constructing their intricate castles.
In much the same way, God created us. He got down in the dirt and formed us with His very hands. I can just picture our Creator on His knees, carefully gathering some dirt, packing it here and squeezing it there. Building some tall and others short. Carefully crafting every detail to His desired specifications, no two exactly alike. In fact, Genesis 2:7 tells us He not only formed us from the dust of the ground, but He breathed into us the breath of life.
Hard to imagine, isn’t it?
Have you ever questioned a particular quirky trait you have or wished you could alter a physical feature you don’t care for? I know I have. Far more than I care to admit. When we are prone to question qualities or complain about characteristics God gave us, let’s remember God took great care to hand-craft us exactly how He wanted us. He knew the purpose He designed us for and precisely what we would need to carry out His plan. He doesn’t make mistakes, He molds masterpieces. And we are masterpieces with a mission.
“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago” (Ephesians 2:10, NLT).
Let’s get out and there and do those very things He planned for us as He was molding us from mud!