Yesterday I had the honor of having lunch with two incredible girls- Kosher and Alitha in Grade 2 at Harvest Academy. On Friday last week, there was a leakage in their classroom so in addition to getting it fixed, the teacher in me quickly grabbed what is referred to as a “Teaching moment”. I asked the class who could spell the word ‘leaking’ as in ‘Water is leaking’ and well, as you can imagine all sorts of spellings were offered! Eventually, Alton spelt it correctly. He won himself my precious Friday lunch which is such a big deal at school- Chips, Chicken, salad and fresh juice. The class could hardly believe what had just happened! Alton was going have ALL of Teacher Lynnet’s lunch. What?! A rather concerned Gabriel asked what I was going to eat since Alton was going to have my lunch! Some speculated saying maybe I would have lunch at home.
Anyway, I rode on the excitement in the room and asked a follow on question.
“Who can spell licking as in “I am licking ice-cream?” I asked.
Hands shot up eagerly and to cut the long story short, Kosher and Alitha spelt it correctly. Their award was to have lunch with the Principal on Monday. The joy was tangible! The whole school would know in just a couple of hours that Alton was having the Principal’s precious Friday lunch in addition to his own and that the two girls would have lunch with her the following week.
At this lunch, I gave them an opportunity to alternately ask me any three questions of their choice and this was one of Kosher’s questions;
“Why did God create numbers and letters?”
My mind raced at lightning speed to try and find not only an answer comprehendible to this 7 year old but theologically accurate as well.
“Actually, I think it is man who created numbers and letters not God. God gave them the brains which they then used to create numbers and letters”, I answered. I went on to explain that we need letters to be able to put words together for purposes of meaningful conversation and that numbers help us put time in perspective. Otherwise without numbers for example, we would never know how old she is.
She seemed convinced for a moment, until the follow on question came.
“Teacher Lynnet! So, why did God give people brains? Is it for just creating numbers and letters?”
Oh dear! What should I say now? Think! Lynnet. Think! Then, suddenly the answer came.
“In the beginning, God created…” I began, tagging on them to complete Genesis 1:1. In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth, they said.
“Great! And in whose image did God create us?’ I asked.
“In His image”, they both answered after a split second of trying to quickly remember the story of creation they learnt in Kindergarten.
“Exactly! He created us in His image so we are like Him. He is a creator and so we too are creators. He gave us brains so we could be like Him in creating all sorts of things. Someone created the chair you are sitting on, the fan, plate, carpet, and the building we are in.”
Even as I spoke, the light bulb came on again! We carry God’s DNA. Everything He is, we are.
“Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world.” 1 John 4:17
He made us in His perfect image, replicating Himself in us not partially but 100%.
“And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace.” John 1:16
Do you sometimes feel insufficient and too small for the world? You and I carry God’s DNA meaning we can operate exactly as He does. This goes for everything pertaining to life- EVERYTHING! In 2012, I stood at one of the four corners of a home my husband and I had put on the market for sale. As I viewed the property a part of me was hurting deeply from the fact that we were selling. “What do you see?’ The Holy Spirit asked. What I was seeing at that moment was a beautiful building, a mature well kempt compound, the memories of the time we had lived there and subsequenty, the extent of what I felt was a deep loss at the time.
“So, who did all this? He pressed on.
As I reflected on that second question, the memory of that place at the time we bought the property came back like a flash. It was a forest with monkeys in it! There was no access road and if one wanted to physically take a look around, they would literally take a forest walk! Then by the wisdom of God, my husband and I had transformed that ‘forest’ into a beautiful home. In that moment it dawned on me that just as our Father is so are we! We had created a home from scratch. It began in our minds and became reality with time! We are creators! Much as we were selling this home, we had the ability to recreate this in amother place because it was within us.
In the beginning God created the heavens, the earth, the sun, moon, stars, birds of the air, fish of the sea, land animals and all sorts of things. And all this came from a place that was dark and void. He spoke these things into being. On further investigation of the story, it is clear from the sequence of events that God had the end in mind. For example the earth had to be perfect for hosting human life so He created man last after everything is in place, the fish needed to come after the waters had been gathered in one place and well, the first order of business was separating day from light so seasons are clear from the beginning-night and day!
This is the guy we take after. We are created in His image. We carry in us His very own DNA, 100%. Like Him we are creators. Create the present you would like to see by painting the picture, speaking it into being and making decisions today that create the future you see. Choose to walk in the fullness of who you are because you and I carry God’s DNA.