I had the opportunity to go Up North this past weekend to the Sleeping Bear Dunes. It was an absolutely incredible experience. Places like northern Michigan are places where I can’t help but think about our Creator. Spending all that time taking in the vast beauty of the lakes and dunes it’s nearly impossible to not stand in awe of Him. It seems as though everything is a reflection of Him and it is so easy to see Him in everything.
At one point during my exploration of the Sleeping Bear Dunes I walked to the very bottom of one of the dunes where I reached the edge of the water of Lake Michigan, which might I add was quite cold. I then turned around looked back up the daunting dune I had just descended. After seeing that sight I did what any smart person would do… avoid the climb as long as possible. So I decided to walk down the shoreline.
The walk was long, not because of the distance but because of all the unbelievable rocks along the shore. It seemed that every step led me to a pile of incredibly beautiful stones. I could have taken 5 steps and looked for hours, just to take 5 more steps with seemingly thousands of more stones. As I looked up and saw miles upon miles of sandy lakeshore I could only imagine how many stones were actually there, each incredibly beautiful and unique.
After a couple of hours I walked back towards the dune to make my ascent. On the seemingly never-ending climb to the top I could not stop thinking about the stones: the miles and miles of stones. God specifically designed and created each one individually, and they were all so beautiful. Then I began thinking of how much more creativity and thought went into creating me. Matthew 6 tells us that God values us more than the birds of the air and the lilies of the field. Ephesians 1:4 states that he chose us before the foundation of the world. That means that he was thinking about you before he created every single one of those stones on the beaches of Lake Michigan. Luke 12:5 tells us that he values us more than he values many sparrows and knows the number of hairs on our heads!
He knows and loves you more than anything else. You were designed perfectly in His image just the way He wants you. He was thinking about you before the foundation and creation of anything else. And on top of all that He sent his son as a propitiation for your sin (1 John 4:10). We truly serve a God who loves us.