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Being human

Gary Wingo

Today I took a bike ride through the canyon. The Colorado River was so incredible I had to stop. As I watched as the river roared through the Shoshone rapids on its way to the Grand Canyon rushing toward California, I realized the river and I have two things in common. We are both God’s creation and we are surrounded by the majestic beauty of the Glenwood Canyon.I sat down and stared in amazement at this wonderful gift, pondering an overwhelming sense of smallness. I perched myself on a huge boulder on the shore of the cascading waves, watching as the waters flowed by. I love it, yet it makes me feel so insignificant. After all, I’m only a human being. I have strengths and weaknesses; I make mistakes and I’m imperfect. I sin and fall short everyday of God’s purposes for me. In spite of all that, gazing upon such awesome beauty, I can’t help but say, “Thank You, God”, and hold on to the truth that, amazingly, He really loves me! The Bible tells us: “What is man that You are mindful of him, the Son of Man that you care for him. You made him a little lower than the angels,” Hebrews 2:6-7. With Jesus Christ, we are made just a little lower than angels so we can look up to Him for life, health, healing, and hope! Jesus understands what it means to be human; so He made us to realize our potential and live our purpose on this planet in the splendor of His creation.In Isaiah 55:1, 6, the Bible encourages us: “Come, all who are thirsty, come to the waters. Seek the Lord while He may be found; call on Him when He is near. Let him turn to the Lord, and He will have mercy on him, and to our God, for He will freely pardon.” Drinking in the majesty of my surroundings, I remembered we have something both the river and the canyon will never have: the gift of CHOICE. While the river nourishes the lands from here to California, we can choose to love and encourage the people around us. The canyon, with its tall spires, can reach up to the heavens, but we can choose to love and commune directly with God. Both the river and the canyon simply exist, but we can choose to believe God and His love for us. “God is love. This is how God showed His love among us: He sent His one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him. This is love; not that we loved God first, but that He loves us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins,” I John 4:8-10.Now, we have a distinctive decision before us. We can choose a lifestyle of, “I am master of my own destiny; I’m in control; I call the shots.” That choice is the surefire way to mediocrity because our human ideas are so small compared with God’s hopes! Or we can follow Jesus Christ, with all our human imperfections, and live with compassion, purpose, and definition. God loves to fuel our passions with meaning, driving us to excel, to grow, to accomplish great and impossible things. We don’t have a chance without Him. But with Christ, we can soar like the eagles! We can move forward with power like the river; and we can reach higher than the highest mountain spire to the waiting hand of God reaching out to us to teach us how to fly! Imagine a life where God’s power and grace courses through your veins, bringing health and hope to others, allowing Him to use all our failures and mistakes to love and build all you lock eyes with. Jeremiah 33:2-3 says this in the Bible: “This is what the Lord says, He who made the earth (the rivers, the mountains), the Lord who formed it and established it – the Lord is His name. ‘Call to Me and I will answer you, and show you great and unsearchable things you do not know.'” To be truly human is to accept the presence and strength of God, our Father, into our very souls. He can’t wait to help you, right where you are, just as you are. No matter how far you’ve run from God, you are only one step back to the waiting Father who, through His Son is, “The Way, the Truth, and the Life … ,” John 14:6. Choose to believe God and His love for you. He is waiting to take you higher than you’ve ever imagined! “Those who wait upon the Lord will renew their strength. They will mount up with wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, and they will walk and not grow faint,” Isaiah 40:31. Next time your humanity gets in the way, remember, just as the river flows, God’s love is never-ending. He won’t give up on you; so grab hold of Him with all your might; then watch those great, unsearchable things unfold before your every eyes!Gary Wingo leads a gathering called Seekers Fellowship meeting at Colorado Mountain College in Edwards on Sundays at 6:30 p.m.Vail, Colorado


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