Crazy Creative Love

Posted: 02/04/2011 in Uncategorized

While I didn’t have many of my questions answered through my Google search: “What is Love?”, I have found more relevant information in Francis Chan’s Crazy Love. I picked up this book as a resource, mainly to help get further my knowledge of God’s love, but it quickly became a much more comprehensive challenge of how I view God and how He views me.

At the beginning of the book there is a section that spoke to my heart. I thought I would type it out and let you read it for yourself.

Let’s begin this book by gazing at God in silence. What I want you to do right now is to go online and look at the “Awe Factor” video at http://www.crazylovebook.com to get a taste of the awe factor of our God. Seriously—go do it.

Speechless? Amazed? Humbled?

When I first saw those images, Ihad to worship. I didn’t want to speak to or share it with anyone. I just wanted to sit quietly and admire the Creator.

It’s wild to think that most of these galaxies have been discovered only in the past few years, thanks to the Hubble telescope. They’ve been in the universe for thousands of years without humans even knowing about them.

Why would God create more than 350,000,000,000 galaxies (and this is a conservative estimate) that generations of people never saw or even knew existed? Do you think maybe it was to make us say, “Wow, God is unfathomably big”? Or perhaps God wanted us to see these pic- tures so that our response would be, “Who do I think I am?”

R. C. Sproul writes, “Men are never duly touched and impressed with a conviction of their insignificance, until they have contrasted themselves with the majesty of God.”1

Switch gears with me for a minute and think about the detailed intricacy of the other side of creation.
Did you know that a caterpillar has 228 separate and distinct muscles in its head? That’s quite a few, for a bug. The average elm tree has approximately6 million leaves on it. And your own heart generates enough pressure as it pumps blood throughout your body that it could squirt blood up to 30 feet. (I’ve never tried this, and I don’t recommend it.)

Have you ever thought about how diverse and creative God is? He didn’t have to make hundreds of different kinds of bananas, but He did. He didn’t have to put 3,000 different species of trees within one square mile in the Amazon jungle, but He did. God didn’t have to create so many kinds of laughter. Think about the different sounds of your friends’ laughs—wheezes, snorts, silent, loud, obnoxious.

How about the way plants defy gravity by drawing water upward from the ground into their stems and veins? Or did you know that spiders produce three kinds of silk? When they build their webs, they create sixty feet of silk in one hour, simultaneously producing special oil on their feet that prevents them from sticking to their own web. (Most of us hate spiders, but sixty feet an hour deserves some respect!) Coral plants are so sensitive that they can die if the water temperature varies by even one or two degrees.

Did you know that when you get goose bumps, the hair in your follicles is actually helping you stay warmer by trapping body heat? Or what about the simple fact that plants take in carbon dioxide (which is harmful to us) and produce oxygen (which we need to survive)? I’m sure you knew that, but have you ever marveled at it? And these same poison-swallowing, life-giving plants came from tiny seeds that were placed in the dirt. Some were watered, some weren’t; but after a few days they poked through the soil and out into the warm sunlight.

Whatever God’s reasons for such diversity, creativity, and sophistication in the universe, on earth, and in our own bodies, the point of it all is His glory. God’s art speaks of Himself, reflecting who He is and what He is like.

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.

—Psalm 19:1–4

This is why we are called to worship Him. His art, His handiwork, and His creation all echo the truth that He is glorious. There is no other like Him. He is the King of Kings, the Beginning and the End, the One who was and is and is to come. I know you’ve heard this before, but I don’t want you to miss it.

I sometimes struggle with how to properly respond to God’s magnitude in a world bent on ignoring or merely tolerating Him. But know this: God will not be tolerated. He instructs us to worship and fear Him.

I love God and his Crazy Creative Love

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Comments
  1. Jordan says:

    Amazing. Incredible. Wow. I just got my sister a photography book of snowflakes that are under a super microscope. They are all incredible, and looking at the book, I was speechless at the creativity of God ~ creating each and every single snowflake with its’ own design. Not a single one is the same. And in just a few yards there can be millions of snowflakes each with their own design. It’s incredible!

    P.S. I didn’t realize that Francis Chan was the same man as the one who did the video I posted on Facebook about persecuted Christians. That was a hard one to watch.

    • mgmstudious says:

      Jordan,
      I saw that video, and it always brings a sobriety to my western idea of what it looks like to live as a Christian. I have a couple friends from Egypt and the persecution of the Church there is incredibily violent as well. Part of me hoped that with the riots and protest it would be talked about more, but I haven’t heard much at all.

      Mike

  2. Hey Mike, long time no talk. 🙂 Hope all is well, I recently read Crazy Love (my pastor is doing a sermon series on it) and am glad you picked it up. It was a interesting read, though I need to re-read it as I devoured it in two nights. I just wanted to say I hope you post more on it (and enjoy it); I’d be interested to hear what you think of some of the different aspects of it.

    In any case, I hope all is well, and I enjoy reading your blog. 🙂

    Matthew

    • mgmstudious says:

      Matthew,
      Its been ages, its great to hear from you. I am working through a writing project right now, but I will definitely come back to it. I really liked quite a few things in it. I read it quickly, and so didn’t follow these instructions, but my favorite part was that Chan often said, “put down this book, and think about this…pray about this.” There is a definite humility required in telling the reader that getting to the end of your book isn’t the end goal… I should probably go back and re-read it as well :).

      Mike

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