It has been a true joy over the last several months to watch Davis grow. He is becoming more and more an active participant in our family activities. In fact, he is in the midst of a language explosion right now. His vocabulary is growing at a tremendous rate as is his ability to communicate his thoughts and feelings. But one of the best, and at times comical, areas of growth he has experienced is his ability to recognize himself in pictures. Whenever he sees himself he loudly exclaims, “That’s me!”
That behavior is in stark contrast to when he first arrived home. He could look at himself and there was just a blank expression on his face. But not now! If he sees a picture of himself and you do not acknowledge his discovery of “That’s me!” he will grab your face or tap your shoulder and make sure you understand that there is a picture of Davis in your midst.
But just as a picture bears the image of the person in it, our souls bear the image of God. As God created each of us, God impressed upon our very being God’s image. That means we are God’s; completely and utterly. It means we share a communion with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. It means there is redemption for us, grace for us, and a plan for us. One of my favorite passages in Scripture comes from Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
As you begin this new year I want to encourage you to remember that. You are part of this creation, of God’s creation. You were intelligently designed and purposefully created for a reason. You have impressed upon your very soul the image of God, so that through prayer and discernment you can know God’s will for your life. You have that natural connection with our Creator so that you may enjoy a deep abiding relationship as you walk your faith journey together.
So the next time you look at a picture, of yourself or anyone else, look past the image contained on the paper and see God’s image. Remember that God is seeking you out and calling your name and that each of us has a place in God’s Kingdom.
Have a great week and I will see you Sunday,