The Hamlin side of our family just had their annual family reunion. It was great to see everyone, although the group seems to be shrinking every year and those who could not attend were greatly missed.
I like my family on both sides. They are good, hard-working, God fearing people for the most part who treat each other well and do good things in the world.
I couldn’t help thinking about the children (16 offspring from Wick and Florence Hamlin) their children, and their children’s children. I’ve lost count of cousins and probably by the third generation don’t even know many of them. The blood relatives and their spouses are such a diverse group of people that I began to look at all the similarities and differences in a different way.
We are each connected to the other in many ways, but vastly different at the same time. Height, weight, hair color, skin tone, eye color and body shape are all unique among us. Life experiences have helped shape us. No two people in the crowd were exactly alike.
Each of us from our family gathering to mankind in general are works of art. We are fearfully and wonderfully made. The Bible says in Psalm 139, “Even the darkness is not dark to You, And the night is as bright as the day. Darkness and light are alike to You. For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works…”
I’ve been studying a lot recently on the significance of diversity in God’s creation. It is said that no two snowflakes are alike. I’m not sure that is a true statement since no one in the world could possibly compare the billions times billions of snowflakes that fall. Likewise, no two fingerprints match exactly. The imprint of the inside of each eye is different to some degree. Even identical twins have differences.
Why is there such diversity in the Earth? Why are people different heights, different weights and different skin colors? Why are there so many different types of trees? Why do flowers come in every color imaginable? Why are there so many different species of living things on this planet?
Some people will say that it is all incidental; all a result of evolution. It is hard for me to understand how they can believe that the vastness of diversity in the earth is happenstance and accidental. In my mind, it is far easier to believe that the breathtaking beauty of each living organism came from the artistic expression of a divine creator God whose love brought beauty and diversity into existence.
We are His living works of art. We are His workmanship according to the Bible verse Ephesians 2:10. There are many, many verses in the Bible that speak of God as a Creator from living things to the stars in the heavens. I believe He is still expressing Himself through creation in the vastness of eternity and the expanse of things beyond what we can see or hear. Creating is in the very nature of God. He expresses Himself in beauty and wonder. And we, every living person, are an expression of His creation and love.
Given the ability to think, choose, act and behave according to our own will, human beings have the ability unlike any other species to create things of beauty, invent things, understand things, and use our gifts for the good of all. When we use those gifts for good, even the things we create or invent, the individuals we become are expressions of God’s own artwork.
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