Rebecca Hagelin

One of my favorite things to think about, talk about, and simply revel in is how much God loves design - and to design.

From detailed instructions on the decorations and colors to adorn garments; to specifics on the materials and dimensions of buildings; to dictates on the metals and the way that tools and objects should be cast and formed; the Bible is filled with accounts of God's intense interest and care in directing people to create beautiful, useful and meaningful clothing, textiles, tools and structures.

The Scriptures reveal that God is quite specific, quite intentional, and quite demanding when it comes to design.

And then I start thinking about all the other things He made that are referenced in the Bible, but that He did not invite people to help with: the sun, the moon, the stars, the planets, the oceans, the animals....the list is endless.

And when my mind wanders to all the intricate things he created that are not mentioned in the Bible, I become overwhelmed. Since I live by the shore, sea shells frequently become the focus of my amazement.

As I turn a "banded tulip" shell over and over in my hand examining the intricate patterns and colors that are repeated on every shell of its type, or the way the curves increase in perfect mathematical equation and ratio, or as I wonder about how the soft secretions of the slug inside can harden into a protective home (or that such a simple creature is able to do any of it at all) - I stand amazed.

And then, there are the people. Each one of us created in His image - but cast with our own unique talents, personalities and looks. The fact that God blessed some humans with the ability to share in His world and love of design probably intrigues me the most.

When I meet people with artistic abilities, my mind always goes back to the fact that God loves us enough to create beauty - beauty that often serves no other purpose than our own enjoyment. That is the kind of God I can't help but want to follow. And when I consider the fact that He created many things to be both beautiful and useful, well, I am blown away.

How To Save Your Family: Encourage the Love of Design

How do we develop a sense of "awe" in our children? To help open their eyes to the beauty, and wonder and majesty that is around them?

By first seeing it ourselves- and by taking the time to point out what should be the obvious - but that the master Deceiver - Satan - intentionally causes us to miss.

Rebecca Hagelin

Rebecca Hagelin is a public speaker on the family and culture and the author of the new best seller, 30 Ways in 30 Days to Save Your Family.
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