Friday, November 17, 2023

The Master Builder - Erica Bengel

the master builder
For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything
Hebrews 3:4 NIV

“How do we know God made the world?” my twelve-year-old son asked. As I drove the country backroad, weaving through East Tennessee farmlands at sunrise, taking him to middle school, he continued, “How do we know it was not just an accident?” 

“Think about your Lego sets in all the different Sterilite bins in your room,” I replied. “If you took the lid off one of the containers, shook up the contents, and flung them into the air, would the set naturally land in a completed Kylo Ren command shuttle or Avenger’s heliocarrier?”  

He pondered my words for a moment. “No, mom. They wouldn’t. Someone must connect the pieces to build the set. A master builder puts the sets together.”  

Lego pieces accidentally falling together into a finished structure sounds unreasonable. The earth and everything on it forming as a great cosmic accident sounds equally farfetched. 

Consider the intricacy of how the human body functions, every complex detail necessary for sustaining life. Or how the seasons march one into the next, an endless yearly parade of the death and shedding of leaves in the fall to the glorious rebirth of the leaves on the trees each spring. 

We live in a beautiful world filled with diverse landscapes and complex ecosystems amid various climates. Consider the variety of plant life—the animals, birds, and insects. What I see in the rolling hills of Tennessee differs from what someone might find in Scottsdale, Arizona, the lush Hawaiian Islands, or northern Minnesota. Our creative God is the Master Builder of our world. 

Today, observe your surroundings with an eye to God’s masterful creation. Pay attention to the rustle of the wind in the trees and the vibrant oranges and pinks of sunset. Find a Lego set. Holding each piece in your hands, reflect on our great God who has made you for a purpose and loves you beyond measure. 

What are some ways you can reflect on the Master Builder? 

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Erica Bengel is a Media Arts and Worship student at Dallas Theological Seminary. Serving as a missionary for Ratio Christi College Prep, she is the high school Chapter Director for Blount County, Tennessee. Erica is a single parent, raising two terrific middle schoolers in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. 

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