Stretched back, shades situated, sunscreen lathered, floating my cares away down the longest lazy river, I have ever chanced. The “Tasmanian devil” type whirlwind that perfectly depicts my previous 4 days at Disney World, now being drowned in numerous gallons of chlorine and who knows what else. The perfect climax to a memorable vacation.
As I begin my 3rd trip around the adult paradise, I suddenly noticed the vast amount of tropical foliage positioned robustly along both sides of the rivers edge. Three bouts around this route now awarded me an experts awareness to the lay of the land. Realizing in awe, no 2 plants were the same. Infinite shades of green and robust bursts of vibrant color splattered the vegetation like an artists paint brush set loose on a canvas. A closer look revealed detailed lines, angles and edges on leaves and stems. Colors were not singular, rather plural, as what was pastel pink at the base, streaked into the most elaborate electric orange you’ve ever seen. Vines and shrubs and flowering bushes, one after another. Many so close in proximity, without a closer inspection, you’d miss they were not one in the same.
A curious mind and split-second searching capability revealed that there are more than 13,000 species of plants at Disney World. (The state of Florida only has 4,700 native species.) Even more mind blowing than this is that worldwide, there are more than 391,000 different species of plants!
The beauty that snagged my attention this careless day on the lazy river, joyously reminded me of a brilliant truth. The same God, who on the 3rd day, spoke a word and created 391,000 varying species of plants. Plants that are not just intricate and beautiful to the eye, but serve to sustain life on this planet in complex methods. This is the same God, who on the 6th day, breathed his very breath into you and me. Not only did he create us, the bible says we were created in His image! That before we were formed in the womb, he knew us and set us apart. It says that we are uniquely and wonderfully made. What amazing truths!
Today, I challenge you to halt the lies that are on constant repeat in your mind. The ones that started when you were too young, whispering your short comings. The falsehood that you aren’t smart enough, pretty enough, skinny enough, good enough or just enough. The slander, tall tales, forgery, deceit, woven into the very fabric of your heart. Today, I challenge you to replace those distortions with the truth that the creator of heaven and earth has spoken about you! The truth of your exquisite beauty. The truth that He shaped you in His image with detailed craftsmanship. He made no mistake, no flaw, no defect. He made you perfect.
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5