Created in God’s image
Hiking the ridgeline in the warmth of the afternoon sun, I couldn’t help but notice God’s creation. Puffy clouds floated by on the distant horizon like ships out on an ocean. Birds circled high above, riding the updrafts that rose from the valley. And as far as my eye could see was a forest of green. I stopped from time to time and marveled at the beauty.
I rounded a bend in the trail and came face-to-face with a magnificent ancient Oak. All these years it had grown with one intention—to be the tree God created. How much better would my life be if I focused only on being what God created me to be, instead of worrying about what people think of me, or what I wear, or own, or earn?
I gazed at the tree for quite some time, then resumed my hike. I carried the question with me, admiring the clouds and birds and trees with a new awareness. They were all being what they were meant to be. My steps became more confident as I decided to focus on being what God created me to be.