“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with My loving eye on you. Do not be like the horse or the mule, which have no understanding but must be controlled by bit and bridle or they will not come with you.” Psalm 32:9 (NIV)
This past Spring, I had the opportunity to talk with middle schoolers about what it means to be fearfully and wonderfully made by God, and how to live in the reality that each of us are God’s masterpieces. And as I continue to sit in this vein of Truth, God continues to speak.
There is only one “me” in the universe, and there will only ever be one “me” … and there will only ever be one “you.” Just as no thumbprint or no snowflake is exactly alike, there will never be someone just like you. Only you. Only me.
And because of that (and other factors), there will only be one journey like mine. I have a unique journey, and God wants to walk my journey with me. He cannot walk my journey with anyone else, because my journey is the only one like it. “I cannot walk this journey with anyone else,” God said to me yesterday. “This journey is just ours, and I want to walk it with you.”
“This journey — your journey — we get to co-create together,” He continued. “You and Me. We create this together, because I have allowed you to co-create your journey with Me.” And as I reflected, I knew it was true — not only in the realm of life-choices and decisions, but even in a much more minute, existential way — the food I eat, the structure and composition of my body through exercise, etc. (See, Quantum Physics (5/19/16 entry) & The Body is More (1/28/16 entry) for more).
As I looked at the path behind me, I could see many places where God was evident and others where He was more hidden, yet still present; I could also see the impact of many of my own decisions — both good and bad. As I looked ahead to the path yet trodden, a sense of eagerness and anxiety arose in my stomach.
Looking ahead to the yet-created part of my journey, I knew that God was inviting me to co-create the journey in an even more intentional way. In a deeper, richer, all-encompassing way. Yes, in the macro — in the life-choices and decisions … but also in the micro — how I live and breathe and eat and move and grow.
God, in His glory, grants us the power to co-create ourselves and our journeys with Him — whether we know it or not. Whether we choose to embrace it or not, He has given us the power to co-create our journeys, and we exercise that power every day.
Exercise it wisely and intentionally.
Exercise it in the macro and the micro.
Embrace your God-given creative power.
And do it with Him.
Every day. Every moment. Every breath.