Every finger print is unique.  Every face is unique enough for the face to take the place of the finger print for identification.  There is no one like you.  Our uniqueness begins in the womb as we develop and grow to be more and more unique.  I am even more unique now than I was before.

I remember going to an education conference for professors several years back.  I think it was the one I attended in Seattle.  A researcher from Canada was the keynote speaker.  He was an expert in the impact of prenatal care on a child’s risk for delinquency.  Scientific research shows that the prenatal environment impacts development; but not just physical development.  The risk on impacting our behavior as adults starts in the womb.

No wonder the Bible shows how two whole societies grew out of large extended families; and that this was reflected by the prenatal uniqueness of Esau and Jacob.  No wonder that the John who was called “the Baptist” leaped in his mother’s womb when he first came into the proximity of Jesus who was still in his mother’s womb.  

I don’t think I am making too much of this!  God is so serious about designing me and you and everyone else to be uniquely special that he starts with the DNA and builds us into our present uniqueness using our environment and heredity.  But it does not stop in the womb.  God continues to build, change, develop, and transform us into our unique selves from then to now and into the future — until we die and then on and on into the future life.  Yes!  I will get to know Jesus better and better the more I spend time with Him even in the afterlife.  That’s the way relationships work.  

This leads to something you can really be happy about!  God has a unique purpose for every unique person.  This is why we read about the call of prophets originating in the womb.  The construction of the pieces of the puzzle that would assemble God’s uniquely designed purpose for Jeremiah, for example, so that the purpose uniquely fit the person Jeremiah, started with the DNA and then all the things that happened to Jeremiah were worked together for that purpose.  “God causes all things to work together for the good of those who love God, are called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).  

Here is the exciting part!  God has built and is building you to do what is only yours to do and to be what only you can be.  You are uniquely special to God.  You are made in His image but are a unique expression of it.  The unique you is a configuration of the love Jesus has for you.  And what you think and do when you love Jesus back, is as unique as a diamond in the rough or a snowflake falling through the brisk winter wind.

Stephen Williams

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