“Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth. So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” Genesis 1:26 & 27
I’ve been praying that God reveal Himself to me. I want to know Him in more detail. Recently I have been deliberate in looking past the surface of a person, as that has little reflection of the heart, in an effort to love people better; understand them better; see what God sees. During this ‘exercise’ I have been observing how God has gifted each person on this earth. More often in church one’s spiritual gifts are the characteristics that get the most attention, but what I have been observing is just the natural talents and wholesome traits that God has indeed given each person, and given very differently. Recently however God more or less elbowed me and said “They are made in My image; if you want to see Me, look at my creation.” A better understanding of who God is has never been closer or more reachable than the person right in front of me. Maybe I’m the only one who has never thought about this before and I’m just catching up to the rest of the crowd, but what a revelation! I hear people with beautiful singing voices and imagine God being the best singer. I see people laughing and I envision God laughing (at what I’m not sure) more freely and heartily than anyone else. From there I started considering the different professions and how God’s image can be revealed in that manner. Medical workers get their compassion and ability to heal from the Great Physician. Therapists reflect the characteristics of the Counselor. Teachers reflect God’s ability to relay information in a way that their students understand. Human Resource professionals demonstrate how God can create the appropriate environment so people can accomplish the tasks given to them. Bankers and financial planners reflect God’s abilities to analyze information and handle resources in a way that will profit others. People in the sanitation department demonstrate God’s willingness to clean up our garbage if we bring it into the light. Police officers demonstrate how God may allow us to speed for a while but will eventually pull us over. His image is reflected in computer specialists as knowing things I’ll never understand. Those in ministry reflect the heart of God, those in the armed forces demonstrate God’s fierce protection of us, mothers reflect the generosity of God in the fact that they give and give with very little given in return. My sister shows God’s work in the morning, my oldest brother demonstrates God working through the night, Christa demonstrates God being able to handle much; Karen demonstrates that God does not settle; Sara shows how God will work lovingly and patiently with those who have experienced trauma of various kinds; Mark has shown well how God forgives; Sharon shows how God is always happy to see me; Mona has shown me how God will take the servant’s hand and sit them in a place of honor; Yon shows God’s concern for the weak and sometimes forgotten; God’s image can be seen in my dad and his passion for order and in my mom with her spontaneity. I could go on, but what has become more apparent even during the time I drafted this post is how very awesome our God is and we could list every person through the history of time and reveal how they reflect God’s image and we would still not exhaust His characteristics and qualities.
I would love to hear where and in who, or what profession you’ve recently seen a reflection of God. And don’t dare discount the qualities seen in those who don’t follow Christ. Honestly, some of the best examples of God’s qualities are seen in the natural gifts of those who are not Christians. God’s fingerprint is on all humans. Despite someone’s lack of beliefs, we can glorify God for what is revealed of Him throughout ALL creation.
I praise you God for being complex, and unexplainable…beyond our comprehension. Thank you for revealing Yourself to me so specifically. You are worthy of all honor and glory. Amen!
by Marilou Schnaderbeck