Then the Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground. He breathed the breath of life into the man’s nostrils, and the man became a living person. Genesis 2:7 NLT
I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are your works: and that my soul knoweth it right well. Psalm 139:14
When I made the decision to pursue nursing as a career, I prayed for God to reveal His plan for my life. I was laid off from my job, on unemployment compensation actively seeking full-time work which prevented me from becoming a matriculated student. I did not have the monies to pay for one campus class nor did I qualify for financial aid unless I enrolled as a part-time or full-time student. In spite of my circumstances, I continued to rely on God.
I can recall browsing through the college catalog for what seemed like a daily habit, but this time my eyes focused on information about alternatives for receiving college credit. There was an exam known as CLEP which enabled you to receive college credit from prior knowledge; I noticed that the grading system for the science courses was based on the criteria of either Pass or Fail. With much prayer and further exploration regarding the exam, I made the decision to take the CLEP exam for Anatomy and Physiology I and II. God allowed me to find a current textbook in like-new condition and I studied diligently for 6 months. I was aware that my funds were severely limited, and the cost of the exam was out of my reach. I made the decision to sell my jazz collection of CDs which enabled me to pay for the exam and have extra income.
Prior to the scheduled date of the exam, I stopped all social activities; and began praying continuously because my mind kept wavering between faith and doubt. Was I really prepared to challenge a two-semester course based on self-study and the CLEP study guide? On the morning of the exam, I arrived feeling quite anxious with “butterflies in my stomach.” Each individual who was present was assigned a number and when the verification process was announced, I realized that I was the only test-taker for the subject of Anatomy & Physiology. I was given 4 hours to take the examination which had a fill-in-the-bubble format with number 2 pencils. When the booklet and answer sheet was placed in front of me with the time stamp to begin immediately, I prayed for God’s will to be done.
I successfully passed the CLEP exam and that was the beginning of a 12-year journey on a part-time basis to obtain my degree and become a Registered Professional Nurse.
Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous–how well I know it. Psalm 139:14 NLT
When we read the account of Creation in Genesis chapters 1 and 2; there is a detailed description for each of the six days that God used to form the world. On Days 1-5, God spoke–He used his voice and everything came into existence; however, on Day 6 something wonderful and unique occurred: God lovingly picked up the dust from the ground with his hands and formed man in His image. This is love!
We may never fully understand (with our finite minds) the love that God truly has for us; we have been created in his image, with a body of intricate systems working together to enable us to fully function, and the only responsibilities that we have are to care for God’s workmanship.
- Make the right and healthy choices to reach and maintain an optimal level of health.
- Change your busy schedules, and get the proper amount of rest, sleep, and recreation on a daily basis.
- Is the environment that you live in conducive to appreciate nature, peaceful surroundings, and quiet relaxation? If not, get your body in motion and find that place!
- Are you breathing in the clean, unpolluted fresh air that was meant to nourish your cells and tissues? Take a daily escape from the hustle and bustle of city life and refresh your internal organs.
- Rate your trust in God on a scale of 1-5; there is room for improvement. We should possess complete faith and trust in God in all situations.
- Learn the definition of a healthy-nurturing relationship; establish a closer and deeper connection with God and with others who share your belief in God.
- Make a commitment to let all negativity cease; begin to thank God and praise Him for his grace, mercy, and above all for his love; your positive outlook will begin to provide a greater sense of appreciation for God and give the motivation to seek out the beauty that we are blessed with.
- Embrace new habits of eating and cooking green vegetables, fruits, nuts, and legumes. When we purposely choose healthier foods, our body responds in wonderful ways: loss of excess body fat, a higher level of energy, an increase in mental acuity, and a stronger immune system.
If God bent down to pick up the dirt from the ground to form us in His image and to give His only Son, Jesus to die for our Redemption; certainly the little that He expects from us should give us the motivation to do our best by acknowledging His marvelous works and truly worshipping the One who used His hands to transform dirt into a masterpiece.
Bible Reading: Genesis Chapters 1 & 2
Prayer for today: Dear Lord and Creator of all mankind, We thank you for taking the time to pick up dirt and to lovingly make us in your image. We thank you for the breath of life, we thank you for our bodies which are fearfully and wonderfully made. We love you, we worship you, and we praise your Holy name. Please forgive us for the mistreatment and abuse of our bodies. We pray for the temperance to change unhealthy habits into choices that reflect that our bodies belong to the Holy Spirit. Please impart your strength as we make the decision to eliminate the things that are destroying our body, soul, and mind. We thank you for your unconditional, and never-ending love, and we ask this prayer in the Worthy name of your Son, Jesus, Amen.
© Sonya Johnson Ruiz 2019