When I was a little kid I had the most strangest and wildest imagination. I would lie awake at night wondering how I got to be me. Why was I not a dinner table chair instead? (Which only freaked me out even more thinking about the possibility of being something that doesn’t even know it exists. How do you exist without knowing you exist? Freaky!) Why was I not a bear in Alaska? How did I get to be born in my little home town in the United States instead of to a family in Australia? Its not that I wanted to be something else, it just freaked me out wondering, how I got to be me, and why am I me here, and now? I get the whole genes and chromosomes thing now, but those do not make a soul.
As I got older I realized just how close I came to never being born. My mother only wanted two children, a boy and a girl. Before I was born, my mother had a girl and sadly, two miscarriages. If one of those had survived they would not have had me. Then you also have the extreme small chance that I would even be the sperm that survives. So why am I me? Why was I born a little baby brother in my small speck of the planet around the mid to late 20th century? I found the answer this week in Proverbs.
A friend is always loyal,and a brother is born to help in time of need. Proverbs 17:17 NLT
Ah! So simple. I was born me to my family in my time and place, so I could help my family in time of need and be a loyal friend to others. Who knew?
Actually it’s a lot like why Jesus was born.
For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45 NLT
So now as an old grown up I lie in bed awake thinking about how I got to be me. Out of all the things I could have been (if anything at all) and all the times and places I could have been born, I was born to my family and community here and now. God placed me here by some miraculous design that even genes and chromosomes can’t fully explain.
And yet, if I fail to help my family and friends in their time of need, then this great miracle of my existence is all about nothing!
it is truly a miracle that God didn’t just give up on us in eden but He looked down thru time and saw all of us who would be waiting for Him to come rescue us from this world of sin and take us to live with Him eternally in heaven. what a wonderfull loving God we have and we will be with Him and all our other brothers and sisters forever. PRAISE GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
thank you william for all you do.
Thanks for sharing this message.
That has been one the most important question of my life. My curiosity to know the answer led me to also imagine when and how God began. I know I can’t find the answer so I move the ask When is the beginning and at last I concluded that God is the beginning. By His grace I was convinced without an explanation.
But concerning how I got to me was answered when I read 1 corinthians 13:12. It reads thus
For know we see through the glass, darkly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.
I am patiently working to see that day.