“Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.’
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them, ‘Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.’"(Genesis 1:26-28 NIV)
For those of us who live in the High Country of North Carolina, we can rightly say we live in a most beautiful place. I am awed every time I step out onto my front porch and view the mountains in front of me. Every day, as I drive through town, I see cars with license plates from Florida, Texas, Iowa, Connecticut, New York, and even California. Literally, people come from all over to experience the beauty of this area.
I have also had the privilege to visit many beautiful places in this country and around the world. I have often found myself wide-eyed in awe of the beauty of what God has created—the mountains, the streams, and the vast array of wildlife. It is all amazing and beautiful. Yet, there is still something greater, more beautiful, more awesome, than all we see in nature. You. Us.
The climax to God’s great creative work was not the picturesque mountains. Nor was it the awe-inspiring varieties of wildlife, as great and wonderful as they are. No, it was you. And me. And all those you see and talk with every day. We, they stand as His ultimate creation.
We live in a day where nature and wildlife are often exalted and viewed with great awe. And rightly so. They are evidence of the power and creativity of our God. Yet, we need to realize His greatest and most awesome creation is us. He has imprinted upon us His image and He holds us in the highest value, far above the beauty that surrounds us.
Today, remember whenever you look in the mirror, when you sit down to eat with someone, or when you are standing in line at the grocery store, the one in front of you is greater than anything else in all of creation. The only One greater is the Creator Himself.
© Jim Musser 2013