The Miracle

June 24, 2013
by Lynne Phipps

Genesis 1:27 – So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. (NIV)

Tundra, Glacier, and Juneau sit atop a white, furry rug tucked into an old-fashioned, red baby sleigh. These beautiful Inuit babies, all snug in their beaded, fur-trimmed parkas, pants, and boots, look and feel just like the real thing, even though they are only dolls. Designed and handmade by an artist from Alaska, they radiate pride of workmanship, love, and skill. Each one is uniquely different from the other, yet so much alike with their liquid brown eyes, tawny skin, and thick black hair. What a wonderful gift to be able to create such lifelike models of the real thing! What a feeling of fulfillment and joy each one must have brought to the heart of their craftsman!

As I look at these three dolls, I am reminded of the fact that each and every one of us is a miracle, a miracle meant to radiate the pride of workmanship, love, and skill emanating from the likeness of God within us. I am awed by the thought of how God must have felt when He created the first man and woman, and how He must rejoice and be glad beyond comparison each and every time a new baby is conceived, carried to term, and birthed. For He who created our inmost being, He who knit us together in our mother's womb, He who viewed our frame when we were being made in the secret place, He is the one who loves us more than life itself. Therefore, should it not make sense that when we who are created by the Lord God of all creation, choose to accept and love ourselves for the wonderful miracle which we are, this should be one of the greatest praises of all which we can offer up to our heavenly Father? And yet, how often do we despise our humanity, our failures, our bodies, our minds, our personalities, and our genetic makeup? How often do we forget that it was for this that our Saviour died: for fallen, fragile, yet still gloriously God-like humanity?

Today, we each have a brand new opportunity to share in a miracle — the miracle of the creation of us. We have a fresh start to offer God the highest of praises as we choose to embrace the joy He feels in each and every one of us, with whom He shares His life-giving breath. Yes, today we get another chance to praise or reject the workmanship of our Creator's hand. Let us choose wisely.

Prayer: Father God, how fearfully and wonderfully made we are, and for this, we give You thanks and praise. Grant us joy in the life You have breathed into us, that in loving both You and ourselves, we might learn to love our neighbours with increasingly Christ-like fervour. In the wonderful name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.

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Lynne Phipps <lynnephipps@hotmail.com>
Atlin, British Columbia, Canada

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thanks Lynne–needed that today.


    So true Lynne. Thanks for sharing.


    Thank you Lynne – just beautiful.


    Another lovely devotional today Lynn. Thanks for sharing.


    Lynne, thank you again for sharing with us. May God continue to bless you.


    Thanks. Your devotional was a great start to this day…helping me to rejoice and be glad in it!!


    Oh, Yes!
    Lynne.


    Another good one Lynne.
    May the week ahead inspire you to write more to share with us.


    Hey!
    Indeed. Made to the image of God.
    To think of us as such is certainly a wonderful awakening.
    Thank you Lynne for the reminder.


    How beautiful! My thankfulness to God came in the miracle re-awakening after being asleep for 2 weeks following open heart surgery a couple of years ago. All glory to God!
    Thank you for encouraging us to be thankful to our Creator who has fashioned us and takes care of us each and every day.


    Amen to your prayer! I loved this devotional. As a doll collector myself, I can appreciate your analogy! Your application and challenge to us also reminded me of the promise in Philippians 1:6 encouraging believers to have the confidence that our Creator will finish the wonderful work He has already started in us.
    Excellent message Lynne. Your writing is getting better all the time!


    Hi Lynne,
    Just this morning at breakfast we were looking at a large framed picture we have in our kitchen of leopards and remarking on their spots. We were reminded of the fact that not any two spots are identical on any leopard nor on two or any two in the entire world of leopards. And we marveled at the great wisdom of our God. And at the same time we expressed our wonder at the fact that there are “scientists” who doubt the existence of God.
    Thanks for today’s devotional
    Blessings.


    Dear Lynne,
    Thank you for reminding me of the miracle of creation.
    I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Psalm 139:141
    Blessings.

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