While at the store one fall day, I picked up some small striped pumpkins, mainly because I thought they looked really neat and would add to my seasonal décor, but when I took them out of the bag at home, I noticed how vastly different each one was even though they were the same type of pumpkins. I immediately thought of how different each of us are; how different God makes each of us. We are all human, we are all made in His image (Genesis 1:27), yet we individually have certain character traits and physical features that set us apart from one another, just like these pumpkins.
Not only did these little pumpkins remind me of God’s creativeness in fearfully (meaning with reverence or awe) and wonderfully designing each and every person that ever was, is and will be, it makes me feel very special and loved to know that I was thought of and known even before my conception- even before the world began we were thought of by our God! It’s so amazing!
“I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.” Psalm 139:14
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you…” Jeremiah 1:5a
“Long before He laid down the earth’s foundations, He had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of His love…” Ephesians 1:4a
We were made by God and for God. Ephesians 2:10 states that we are His handiwork, designed for the good works He has already determined for us when we walk in them. Basically, God has a unique plan for each and every one of us! When we walk in the way of Him and His design for us according to His Word, He does a mighty work in and through us. By faith and in our obedience, His artistic process of making us into His image continues. It’s beautiful, isn’t it!?
You, like these cute pumpkins, are one of a kind; there is no one else like you nor will there ever be anyone else like you. Memorize these truths for yourself and let them sink into your being so you never doubt your (or other’s!) beautiful design, uniqueness, purpose or the plan God has for you (or them!)!
An activity for children:
- Gather two or more pumpkins (other items could work great too- fruits, vegetables, plants, flowers, leaves)
- Have the children take note of the differences in each one…if you have older children, they could write them down, maybe making it a fun game of finding ten things that are different between the pumpkins, you could also circle any obvious differences on the pumpkins.
- Talk to your child about how just as God created these pumpkins one of a kind, he made each person one of a kind.
- Going over Ephesians 2:10, let them know they were created in their Creator’s image, they are His workmanship, His work of art; they were thought of by God way before they were even in their mother’s belly!
- Talk about how awesomely and wonderfully God made them; how unique, beautiful, loved and wanted they are by God and you!
- List the ways they are unique and beautiful.
- If they have siblings, celebrate their differences. Let them know they are one of a kind and there’s no need to try and be like anyone else. Often we want to compare our children (or ourselves!) to others…this, too, takes away from God’s unique design of your child, try not to do it.
~Grab a Bible and look up the verses together, they are woven all throughout the Bible–you could make this a Bible drill type of game or just use it as an opportunity to get into the Bible together and find the verses together.
- Genesis 1:27
- Psalm 139:14
- Jeremiah 1:5
- Ephesians 1:4
- Ephesians 2:10
~For younger children, the verses can be broken down:
- (child’s name) , you were created in God’s own image (Genesis 1:27)
- You are so awesomely and wonderfully made! (Psalm 139:14)
- God thought of you long before you were in mommy’s belly, even before He created the world! And He even knew you then! (Jeremiah 1:5, Ephesians 1:4)
- You are God’s work of art! (Ephesians 2:10)
~If your children can read, write the verses (or fragments) out and have them read them aloud. Have them practice memorizing the verses in their entirety.
~Remind them that just as they are God’s handiwork, so are others; they should not only treat themselves as such, but others as well.
~Talk about God’s special plan and purpose He has specifically laid out just for them. Include what God has already done in their life, or any way God has used your child to grow your faith.
~There are so many ways to utilize this activity on a daily basis: with clouds, trees, sunsets, etc…
~When you are shopping at the grocery store you could have a hayday with all the various looking fruits and veggies! And what a way to keep a child entertained while you shop! Give them two of any fruit or vegetable and have them list the differences.
~When shopping at the mall, sit down and people watch, admiring God’s art work in people passing by.
I want my children to know these truths and understand how vastly important and unique they both are. I couldn’t wait to sit down with them, observe the differences in these sweet pumpkins and discuss the creativeness of our God in each of them…my little pumpkins.