Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Baking Cookies...

"The hearing ear and the seeing eye, the Lord has made them both." Proverbs 20:12 nkjv

There are 60,000 miles (97,000 km) of blood vessels in every human.

15 million blood cells are produced and destroyed in the human body every second.

The longest living cells in the body are brain cells which can live an entire lifetime.

The human eye blinks an average of 4,200,000 times a year.

Fun facts about the human body and science in general have always interested me. I love hearing how many bones we have in our body (206...350 at birth) and how many hairs we have on our head (100,000). It is when I stop to think on these things that God goes from being a little 'g' God and again becomes a big 'G' God for me. It is when I stop and think about these things that I am reminded that God, well... is God. He has everything under control. He doesn't need any help from me, but because of His loving nature, he allows me to play a part in some of what He does. Kind of like when my daughter Grace helps me make cookies. I surely don't need her help. I can make some pretty tasty cookies just fine on my own. Actually when she does help me there is much more of a mess to clean up and the task does take much longer than if I just did it on my own. But my joy and my pleasure is increased a hundred times when I have the sweet presence of my daughter by my side. You see it isn't the task of baking cookies that brings me such joy, it is the time we have spent together.

God is the creator of all things, most importantly us! "All things were made by Him and for Him." Colossians 1:6 God created us for the sole purpose of fellowship with Him. He loves to spend time with us. He wants us to stop for a moment and think of Him, to talk with Him. He wants us to come along side Him and joyfully work hand in hand with Him.

The God I love has made it possible that my brain cells can live a lifetime, that my heart continues to beat without any help from me, and that I will continue to take a breath even when asleep. When I learn these things about Him, I am gratefully amazed. Think for a moment just how much we do for our own children that goes unnoticed. When I became a mom for the first time I clearly remember laying my brand new, beautiful baby daughter down on my bed. I remember looking at her and just adoring her. I remember thinking after a few days of sleepless nights, "Wow, my mom loved me this much? She fed and cared for me like this when I was young?" When I realized this I called my mom and thanked her. My relationship with my mother changed. In thankfulness I cherished and loved her even more. The same happens to me the more I learn about God. The more I learn about what Jesus has done for me and… for you.

He loves you so very much and He thinks you are just the most beautiful thing in the world. Stop and think on that a while, it may make you want to ask the Lord right now, "Can we bake some cookies?"

God Bless, Joanne


Mari said...

Joanne - this is a beautiful post. I just remarked on someone elses blog yesterday how parenthood really shows me how much God as our Father loves us - even more than we do our children! And how he is patient and understanding with us, but again he is much better at it than we are with our kids!

Jess said...

Well said! Wow. Great post. All your 'little' factoids bring to mind Louie Giglio's message on the last "How Great is our God" tour with Chris Tomlin. If you're not familiar with him, you may want to check him out. Last year, he spoke about the infinite galaxies we're a part of... this year, more about the complex human body.

He's a great speaker and I believe is the youth pastor at Northpoint Community Church outside of Atlanta.

Thanks for your great message!!

Lill said...

Oh Thank you I needed that!

connorcolesmom said...

Great message and it makes me want to bake cookies with my little guys :)

Renee said...

Precious! I wanted to tell you that it was my idea to dress up the family in a nativity scene for our Christmas photo this year, but my beloved thought it would be sac-religious! LOL! I think the picture is absolutely precious!We are about to get over the flu here - I think!

Fran said...

AWESOME! AWESOME! AWESOME! I loved this. Thank you Joanne!



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