There is something BIG on my heart…
I know this blog isn’t supposed to be heavy or controversial or political or religious, but I am all of the above. And on top of that, my family is going through some tough trials.
Without giving too much background about the situation, I will state that my nephew (sister-in-laws 2 month old baby) is at Stanford Children’s hospital fighting for his life day in and day out since he was 4 days old. As I type this he is facing another huge mountain and our only hope of rescue is Jesus!
My nephew, Cruz, was born with high ammonia levels (caused by enzyme deficiency). It has thus gone on to compromise many of his organs; lungs, heart, kidneys, brain and liver. The hope is to receive a liver transplant from Stanford where they specialize in this surgery and rare enzyme condition. However the road to transplant has been very shaky. Point blank, Cruz has been under attack and the enemy wanted to end his life on day 4. He has tried to end it again and again, where the doctors have told his mother, “we don’t expect him to make it through the night” several times over. Yet, our God is greater and has continued his hand of protection over Cruz. But that isn’t the point of this post.
The point is; God is the CREATOR! I’m not a new Christian, I have been a Christian since I was a child and a follower of Jesus all through my teen and adult life. So the concept that “God created the world…” is not news to me. But lately I have had a new perspective on what exactly it means to me, that God is, in fact, the creator of all things. Being a naturally creative person myself, creativity has always seemed like a ‘given’. In fact it is strange to me when people are so blown away by my creativity. My first thought is generally “it’s not that hard..?” So, I have never really batted an eye at the thought that God created the world and everything in it, it was just a ‘given’… right?
Yet, this exact concept has recently stopped me in my tracks. When I start a new creative project (whether planning a birthday party or designing an interior space) I emerge myself so immensely. Every single little minute detail is done a specific way for a certain purpose. And then, in my excitement and pride I reveal my design (usually first to my husband, who does not share the creative bone) and his response is a very generic “cool”. I then feel this need to justify my design. Explain to him each little detail that I created, why I created it and why it is so perfect! He understands the process that I explain but still doesn’t grant me the fulfillment of my creation with enough enthusiasm. This is generally the case with most people that you design for. They can appreciate the result, the final product, but do not quite understand the process, the reason, the labor of love that goes into every, single detail! God created the world in 6 days. And on the 7th day he rested. He looked at his creation in awe and marveled at each little detail and how perfect it was! I love knowing that God created people in his image. I completely identify with God creating the world and then looking at what He created and appreciating what only He can fully appreciate. Similarly to my husband the athlete, God is the ultimate athlete! He would win every Gold Metal in all the Olympic games, can play every position in every sport, better than all the best! And for athletic people (which I am not) it is pretty amazing to understand that God created you with those specific talents because they are all a part of Him! Wow!
Having kids helped open my eyes to a new perspective on God the Creator as well. Once a person has aided in creating life, nothing else you create quite compare to it’s magnitude. I look at my children multiple times a day in awe. “I created these little munchkins” I think. But really God created them. He breathed life into their nostrils. He presented them to my husband and I. He created them first in His image and then in the image of us (the parents). So if my daughters turn out to be creative types like myself or athletic types like my husband we can be in awe that they were created to be like us, but we can be in Bigger awe that they were created to be like Him!
Many of you (out there in the bloggersphere) who do not know this God, this Jesus, that I write about might be wondering, ‘then how could God create my nephew Cruz. Why was Cruz created with these missing enzymes?’ Honestly, I DO NOT KNOW! But what I do know is that God does not make mistakes! When he created Cruz, he created him with those missing enzymes for a purpose. Like I said, when you are a creative type you do not do things, “just because” or by accident. So I know for a FACT, that when you are the Creator of the Universe, there is ZERO mistake!
My beautiful sister in law Brittney is also a VERY creative person. She is probably more specific to every little detail than I am. The labor of love she has over her creations and designs is beyond comparison. It is no wonder that God gave Cruz to her. Because her understanding of God’s unique creation in Cruz has carried her through this heart wrenching situation with more grace and understanding than I wish I could have in a lifetime! Her faith in God’s promises is unyielding. She has held tight to the Word of the Lord rather than the word of the doctors. When the doctors projected Cruz’s life would not continue beyond 4 days, she believed that God created him to Live, to prosper, to testify to the grace, love and power of Jesus! And here we are 2 months later, still trudging through the valley of death, clinging to The Good News. News that Jesus died, so that we can have life and life abundantly! I believe in the deepest depths of my soul, that Cruz will live a full and healthy life here on earth! I believe that Jesus is with Cruz and his miraculous works in Cruz’ little body have just begun. I believe in the promises of God’s creation, in Jesus’ salvation, and in the faith of a mother and the community that has gathered around her in steadfast prayer and hope!
1 The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
3 he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for his name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,[a]
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.[a]
2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
3 Surely he will save you
from the fowler’s snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
5 You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
8 You will only observe with your eyes
and see the punishment of the wicked.
9 If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
and you make the Most High your dwelling,
10 no harm will overtake you,
no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
14 “Because he[b] loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”
1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the earth was formless and empty,darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.
3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.
6 And God said, “Let there be a vault between the waters to separate water from water.” 7 So God made the vault and separated the water under the vault from the water above it. And it was so.8 God called the vault “sky.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the second day.
9 And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.” And it was so. 10 God called the dry ground “land,” and the gathered waters he called “seas.” And God saw that it was good.
11 Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so. 12 The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. 13 And there was evening, and there was morning—the third day.
14 And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years, 15 and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so. 16 God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars.17 God set them in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth, 18 to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19 And there was evening, and there was morning—the fourth day.
20 And God said, “Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the vault of the sky.” 21 So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living thing with which the water teems and that moves about in it, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 22 God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth.”23 And there was evening, and there was morning—the fifth day.
24 And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: the livestock, the creatures that move along the ground, and the wild animals, each according to its kind.” And it was so. 25 God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.
26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals,[a] and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”
27 So God created mankind in his own image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.
28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”
29 Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. 30 And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so.
31 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.