The Beginning

There is about us, if only we have eyes to see, a creation of such spectacular profusion,

spendthrift richness, and absurd detail, as to make us catch our breath in astonished wonder. (Michael Mayne)



“That the universe was formed by a fortuitous concourse of atoms, I will no more believe than that the accidental jumbling of the alphabet would fall into a most ingenious treatise of

philosophy” (Jonathan Swift). You are not an accident or a mistake; your creation was

intentional. You were made by design and with purpose.

Somewhere in eternity past God looked into the mirror of His need saw a reflection of your face and mine; He then decided on our existence. Jeremiah the prophet speaking on behalf of God declared, (Jeremiah 1:5), “I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born, I set you apart and appointed you as my spokesman to the world.” The Lord already had a plan for Jeremiah’s life long before his mother labored in birth. His parents were simply vessels that God used in placing him in this world. You may not know your father or your mother. And possibly, because of some unfortunate circumstance, you were given up for adoption or abandoned—it doesn’t matter. God has His hand on you; He brought you into this world and loves you very much. You are more than simple matter or the result of chemical reactions.

In some ancient cultures the mother of a child who moved away would tattoo his or her name in the palm of her hand. It was symbol of her undying love and passion for that child. The prophet Isaiah refers to this practice in his writings, “Can a mother forget her nursing child? Can she feel no love for a child she has borne? But even if that were possible, I would not forget you! See, I have written your name on my hand” (Isaiah 49:15-16). God assured His people and promised that He would never forget them. Nothing has changed. Your name was inscribed on the heart of God in the beginning. You mean everything to Him. “No philosophical theory which I have yet come across is a radical improvement on the words of Genesis, that in the beginning God made Heaven and Earth” (C.S. Lewis).

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