The crisp December air was a good wake up exercise this morning down at the pond. There was frost on the ground but there were signs of life in the air as a few ducks quacked overhead and a heron squawked with its usual complaint. The nearly full moon contrasted sharply with the dark sky, not ready to give up its rule to the approaching sun. I found peace in this natural setting and thought about the diverse beauty of God's Creation. It really isn't just about us, down here. He fashioned so much with His hands and voice...animal life, plant life, tapestries of valleys, hills and waterways. They all reflect His glory. But it occurred to me that there is a difference between the rest of creation and man. Man was fashioned by God, just as the rest of his handiwork. We are a natural being. But, unlike the rest of Creation, we don't just reflect His glory back to Him. We have the opportunity to personally know our Creator. I don't believe that any other aspect of Creation can do this. We are created beings who have the capacity to come into a personal, family-like relationship with the one who has formed us. And this difference makes all the difference!
Genesis 1:26&27 (part) Then God said, "Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us."....So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them...