I suppose I do not have much in the way of material goods and wealth in this life. Nonetheless, I believe that I may be among the richest men on earth.
I am saved, I have a mansion waiting for me; I have a godly mother, the most amazing wife to ever walk the planet and three loving children. And it is in my children where I seem to be finding so much wealth of late.
I was standing in the kitchen recently, having a bite to eat when, out of the blue, my youngest daughter burst in and said, "Daddy, come see my castle!" She then bolted for her room.
I had a bagel, just out of the toaster. I had a glass of tea. I had somewhere to be in just a matter of minutes. But at that moment, none of that mattered. With no hesitation, I made my way to the room shared by my two girls, and beheld that which my baby girl viewed with such wonder and awe.
Her castle really was quite a feat of engineering. There were blankets and sheets somehow strung at angles from doors, the ceiling, everywhere, with an opening in the front and on the side. Inside was a perfect little cubbyhole of a castle. I do not know how long it took her to make it, quite a while likely.
To the outside observer, it would have simply been an obstruction, sheets and blankets for some reason strung up across the room. But to me, it was amazing.
Many years ago I learned how to build. Step by step I was blessed to learn much about grading, concrete, framing, electrical, plumbing, roofing and much more. Those skills have served me well and allowed me to play a role in building our church building and fellowship hall. Those are two very large structures, edifices that should be in place for a very, very long time.
So why would I be so interested in a temporary castle of sheets and blankets?
The answer is simple: I was interested in it because my child made it.
It should come as no surprise then, that my heavenly Father feels the same way. The things we make and do in life are really nothing compared to, say, the fact that he spoke the universe into existence. Our buildings and books pale beside his stars and solar systems. Our computers and programs are nothing compared to the fact that he created life. Yet in spite of how great he is and how small we are, he said in Jeremiah 1:5 "Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee..."
The very God of heaven knows his children, loves them and takes an interest in everything they do. As I write this column, as I strive for just the right sequence of words, the God who invented language, rhyme, rhythm and meter, smiles and nods in approval. It is as if I am a child looking up to him and saying "Daddy, come see my castle!"
Oh, what a wonder that the God of creation is interested in what we do day by day. Do you know him? Trust me, he is worth the knowing.
Bo Wagner is pastor of the Cornerstone Baptist Church of Mooresboro, N.C., and the author of several books. His books are available at www.wordofhismouth.com. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.