Psalm 139:13-14: “You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.”

The other day I was watching an advertisement praising the efficiency of a certain bug trap. This product is designed to attract those unwanted critters and kill them, at which point they fall into an internal trash bin so the bug corpses can be easily discarded. This is when it struck me: We have designed a bug killing machine because we don’t like bugs. However, none of us could ever create a single fruit fly.

Needless to say every life form is complex and a wonder to behold. When it comes to human beings we tend to be narcissist saying we’re the crown of creation. I like to think that every part of creation is a jewel. We have a big backyard and I love the plant life. Our plants attract birds and butterflies, and I’m delighted to see them in the morning when I take my breakfast out on the porch. If we interviewed God and asked Him which part of creation is His favorite, I’m certain His answer would be He is partial to everything He made.

The Psalmist prays: “Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!” Being thankful for our complexity includes awareness. Without noticing that we’re complex, how could we be thankful for it? So ever since there were people, we looked at ourselves. We notice our physical makeup, our cell structure, our DNA. We explore how our organs are functioning and communicating with one another. We are exploring our bodies to intervene when there is malfunction; hence the medical profession was born.

We are wonderfully complex. Let’s not forget that when looking at our world at large. Our own bodies are complex and yet it works as a unity when our bodies are healthy. Sickness in some shape or form robs our bodies of this unity. As a result, our bodies die. Without unity, the world as we know it dies a little at a time.

Complexity is beautiful. Embracing complexity and working together from different angles speaking different languages, that’s the magic of unity without conformity. God’s kingdom is wonderfully complex. Let’s open our senses wide and take in what is there to explore. Let’s find out and be curious together. And let’s put ourselves in the pool of complexity by sharing what the Lord has uniquely put in our DNA. That’s what Life with a capital “L” is all about.

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