Friday’s Gratitude – Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

…firmly rooted

…being built up in Him

…established in your faith

…overflowing with gratitude.

(from Col. 2.7)

I’ve been thinking recently about the advancements in medicine we’ve enjoyed in recent times.  The growth is truly exponential and we are the potential beneficiaries of all we now know.  Granted, there are lines we dare not cross; stem cell research at the cost of an unborn life, for example, but it really does amaze me. 

So today I’m thankful that God allows us to study His creation, including the human body and the intricate systems He designed for it (yes, I said “designed”), and intervene when things go wrong, all without relinquishing His title or role as The Great Physician.

I could easily go into great and boring detail about examples in my own family of lungs and hearts, of pins and screws, of thyroids, backs and stomachs, the intracacies of the brain and various –ectomies, even re-attaching severed nerves.  But you’ve examples all your own.

So instead I’ll encourage you to take your foot off the gas for a minute or two,  consider the marvels of the body God designed and assigned to you, and thank Him for allowing us to learn what we have thus far.  Join me in thanking God for giving us permission to participate in life and health – while maintaining His title —one of many— of Great Physician.

David said it better than I could ever:

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well.  

Psalm 139:14


4 Replies to “Friday’s Gratitude – Fearfully and Wonderfully Made”

  1. Julie

    At a recent Chris Tomlin concert, Louie Giglio made an amazing presentation about the glory of God. Attempting to put it all in perspective, he compared the largest stars to the size of the earth and humans. Sizeably, we are less than a speck compared to the huge stars and planets, yet we hold within us the very essence of God, his son Jesus.

    At the end of the presentation, he introduced what many of us have never heard before — laminin. Laminin is a cell-adhesive protein in our bodies that “holds us all together”…the glue that connects all of our cells.

    The most interesting part was when he showed the scientific diagram of laminin. Click this link and you will see what I am talking about:

    Even in the smallest of our bodily design, God put Christ and the cross there – holding us all together.

    Have a great day,


  2. Dave

    We are fearfully and wonderfully made! That verse is special to me. I remember saying that to each of the 3 girls when they were born. In one or more of the special daddy/daughter moments staring at their fingers and toes as newborns, how can any one look at the detail and not proclaim that verse. God, your works ARE wonderful! Keep reminding me of that 😀

  3. Phil

    Thanks for your good words, Dave, It’s easy in this world to forget those newborn moments, isn’t it?

    I remember the Sunday morning after Bethany (our oldest) was born on Saturday afternoon. I told the church “I didn’t think it was possible, but my God got bigger yesterday.”

    Let’s keep reminding each other of God’s greatness – we need it!


  4. Phil

    Julie, Louie’s thoughts and concepts truly are amazing and prompt adoration on a higher level.

    I like the moment where he shows a picture from the Hubble telescope, showing the beauty of outer space and then reminds us it’s out there, shining for all its worth, simply to bring God glory!


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