Designed By…

As I laid my head down last night on the overstuffed pillows of The Courtyard by Marriott, I was reminded that this is the self proclaimed “hotel designed by business travelers”. I think that’s why I like them so much. They have thought of everything. From the design of the rooms to the HUGE shower heads, it makes the journey to your destination (St. Louis) that much better. Then I was reminded of something else.

I love Psalm 139. In it, David writes an incredible song to the one that created us all. He reminds us that we too are “designed by” someone that knew what he was doing. He chose the perfect DNA and design for each one. Just as the Courtyard had weary travelers in mind when they hit the design room. So did God. He built us for the journey.

13 For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

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

15 My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place.
When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,

16 your eyes saw my unformed body.
All the days ordained for me
were written in your book
before one of them came to be.

Just as I don’t sleep all that well in these places, our journey in our bodies won’t always be perfect. There will be times when we are just not comfortable in this skin. Yet what a reminder that we were designed specifically the way we are, for a greater purpose. Each day already written in a book, each journey already planned. So the next time you pass a Courtyard, or see one of their commercials, remember that you were designed by someone special too.

4 thoughts on “Designed By…

  1. Aaron…I just found out yesterday why you call your blog Arms Wide Open….the Mudpuppy told me as I was telling him about this cool song I found while cruising the internet….an awesome song by Creed….With Arms Wide Open! I am hoping our praise team can learn this song in time for Father’s Day. I’m loving your blog all the more now that I know the connection!!

  2. Mudpuppy – Gotta love the laminin!

    Pastor Hawkins – “Arms Wide Open” by Creed will forever hold a very, very, special place in my heart and life. It was released at the exact same time that we found out we were having a son. The lyrics speak to me in a very special way. Especially the part about “hoping he’s not like me”. I seem to have missed the mark on that one, but I’m still hoping he learns to “take this life and hold it be the hand and greet the world with arms wide open”. Creed was one of my favorites before they split up. “My Own Prison” is another one that just crushes me each time I hear it. I’d love to hear it if the guys from “captured” cover it.

  3. Ah…divine design. And yet we try to perfect our physical self every day…

    would that we have the innocence of a toddler who thinks he’s just the most fantastic creature ever!

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