Zebras & Their Stripes

My words are limited to fully express what’s in my heart. Read with an open heart and mind as these words convey and form a language in your heart.

The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else.

From one man he made all the nations that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from anyone of us.

For in him we live and move and have our being. As some of your own poets have said, “We are his offspring.” [Acts 17:24-28]

I was recently in a conversation with a friend and I was asked these questions, “Why did God create us? Why did God create the earth? Why are we on earth?” (Ponder over these questions yourself)

Thinking I knew it all I tried my best to answer but that experience boldly left this impression on me, for now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then shall we see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. [1 Corinthians 13:12 NIV]

Days went by pondering over that question and the subsequent questions that followed. The Holy Spirit then revealed this, “Why do zebras have black and white stripes on their bodies?” “Was it necessary?”

The Lord hath made everything for himself; [Proverbs 16:4a]

Think about it, can we really question the creator? Are we who are bound by time and space in the capacity to question the eternal one who is the beginning and the end, are we? Can we use our own logic to explain the all-knowing one?

To answer why we were created or why the earth or why zebras have black and white stripes and all the other questions is to question the source and the very being and existence of the source. What do I mean? The answers cannot be found using the created (something that was formed out of nothing) but they are found in the creator. For example, looking at the works of the carpenter, we can get some ideas of the purpose of the invention but it will only take the carpenter to reveal the true inspiration behind his invention.

The problem is we try to explain the supernatural with the natural and it doesn’t work like that.

God is the source of everything. God holds the universe together. He is the CREATOR.

Max Lucado in his book No wonder they call him savior puts it beautifully;

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” That’s what it says. “God created the heavens and the earth.” It doesn’t say, “God made the heavens and the earth.” Nor does it say that he “Xeroxed” the heavens and the earth. Or “built” or “developed” or “mass-produced.” No, the word is “created. “And that one word says a lot. Creating is something far different than constructing. The difference is pretty obvious. Constructing something engages only the hands while creating something engages the heart and the soul. Now, imagine God’s creativity. Of all we don’t know about the creation, there is one thing we do know—he did it with a smile. He must’ve had a blast. Painting the stripes on the zebra, hanging the stars in the sky, putting the gold in the sunset. What creativity! Stretching the neck of the giraffe, putting the flutter in the mockingbird’s wings, planting the giggle in the hyena. What a time he had. Like a whistling carpenter in his workshop, he loved every bit of it.”

To then understand “why the creation” is to know the creator. Our question then must be who is this God and how may I know him?

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. . . . [And] the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us” (John 1:1, 14).

. Max Lucado again puts it beautifully;

“Nearing the climax of the story, God, motivated by love and directed by divinity, surprised everyone. He became a man. In an untouchable mystery, he disguised himself as a carpenter and lived in a dusty Judean village. Determined to prove his love for his creation, he walked incognito through his own world. His callused hands touched wounds and his compassionate words touched hearts. He became one of us.”

The Creator made his dwelling amongst us. The creator came near so we may not assume but rather know and understand him in person.

The one who knows what lies where space has run its course

Embraced a baby’s mind

And now I can know my God.

Loved embraced our fate, when the playwright took the stage.

[Arrival, Hillsong Worship]

This God is Jesus Christ and his greatest desire is to lead you as a shepherd leads his sheep would you let him?

Be blessed,

CON.

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