My wife and I just returned from a wonderful trip with friends.
We traveled to the state of Arizona with several different objectives in mind.
First, we desperately wanted to escape the icy grip of winter that has seemingly decided to make a permanent home here.
We also wanted to see a few spring training baseball games of our beloved Kansas City Royals.
The final objective of the trip was to see some of God’s finest handiwork in places like Sedona, the Painted Desert, and the Grand Canyon.
Done, done, and done! As a little extra icing on the cake, the Royals won ALL of the games they played while we were there.
Now, as we busy ourselves with unpacking, laundry, and stopped mail retrieval (SO much junk!! So little joy!), I must confess to feeling a bit of a letdown.
Yes, I know that is a normal reaction when you finally DO something you have planned and looked forward to for months and months.
But if I am being honest, I am also feeling a little “environmental letdown,” if I may coin that phrase.
By that I mean I am coming from an environment filled with sights like this:
… and returning to an environment filled with sights like this:
In my labeling system, I give one of these names like, “good,” or “beautiful,” or, “awe-inspiring.”
The other I just call “home.”
But then if I pause and recall some of my study of scripture, I am reminded that my labeling system often bears very little resemblance to God’slabeling system.
The documentation is right there in black and white… in Genesis 1:31. It says, “God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good.”
God saw the (seeds of) the Grand Canyon and called it “very good.”
God also saw the flat-as-a-pancake wheat fields of Kansas and called it, “very good.”
God saw the red rock spires surrounding Sedona and called them, “very good.”
God also saw the wheat fields west of Salina, Kansas and called them, “very good.”
Hmmmm. Clearly, God and I have differing understandings of the concept of “good” and “very good.”
So I wonder… is it possible that God looks beyond the surface-level aesthetic pleasingness of something to decide whether to call it good or not?
Is it also possible that God’s definition of the word “good” includes an understanding of the necessity of a thing… that God also understands how that something plays a vital role in the overall scheme of things?
And finally, is it possible that God also applies that same “goodness criteria” to PEOPLE and not just LANDSCAPES?
I not only think so… I know so.
God created you… stepped back and looked at his creation… and said, “THAT is very good.”
And if God has called you “very good,” who am I (or you) to argue?
Today I pray that you will remember to look down regularly and see the nametag God has already pinned on your shirt and live into it fully.