Friday, June 8, 2007


Applause shook the house as teenage Simba walked mightily before his awestruck audience. Exhilarated, I stood among the many creators of Disney's Lion King watching a sneak preview of the live stage show. Simba turned to his audience and rolled his powerful head to one side, causing a tuft of mane to fall carelessly across his brow. "Just as it should," I whispered with prideful joy.

I could not count the many times I had run my fingers through that mane. As I stood there, I began to reflect on the endless hours that we had spent turning piles of foam, fur, and plastic into such a majestic creature. Countless hours of sleep were lost, catching only a nap here and there while snuggled in the warm fur which now adorned the creation we applauded as, "Simba". I knew every line and curve that gave his body form. I knew the formula that made up his grand and regal coloring. My mind could see deep within the innermost part of his "being" to that which gave him structure and allowed him to move. As I was the creator, Simba was the created.

I experienced a most valuable lesson that day; that there can be no greater joy for the creator than to behold the created doing what it is designed to do. It was at that moment I experienced God as my creator. I understood what it is for Him to know every intricate detail that makes me who I am because it was Him who had designed me. "For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful. I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be." -Psalms 139:13-16

For the first time, I also experienced the joy I give my creator when He beholds me doing what he designed me to do. "We are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works which God prepared in advance for us to do." Ephesians 2:10