By Karen O’Connor:
Looking at our fingers, and thinking about how amazing they are, leads us to consider also the fingerprint of God. (See the fascinating Fibonacci video, below.)
My friend Margaret shared with me something she wrote titled “Amazing Fingers.” I was so touched by her reflection that I am paying closer attention to my own hands and finding God in my fingers.
“Fingers can paint, point (this can be good or bad!), do needlework, tie a shoe, hold a pen, write, type, play a musical instrument, shoot marbles, pick up a shell, scratch a back, tickle your feet, soothe a baby, massage sore muscles, plant a seed, pick a flower, caress a face . . . The list is endless,” says Margaret.
And she acknowledged the amazing miracle of the individuality of our fingerprints. No two people have the same ones. Dr. Michael Roizon on sharecare.com describes the process that starts in the womb this way.
“Innumerable environmental factors influence the formation of fingerprints, including the exact position of the fetus in the womb at a particular moment and the exact composition and density of surrounding amniotic fluid that’s swirling around the fingers as they touch surrounding structures. And that’s what decides how every individual ridge will form. The entire development process is so chaotic that, in the entire course of human history, there is virtually no chance of the same exact pattern forming twice.”
Such a statement points me back to the verse Margaret cited in her devotional article.
For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb. (Psalm 139:13, NIV Bible)
She finished her reflection with a thought for the day:
“To express more gratitude and not take for granted the gift of even the small things—like our fingers.”
When we find God in our fingers, we are reminded to use them for his glory in all things.
©Karen O’Connor. Karen is an author, writing mentor, and frequent contributor to the Finding God Daily blog. Visit Karen on the web at www.karenoconnor.com, on Facebook, or follow on Twitter @karenoconnor
For a fascinating insight into the detailed architecture of Creation–using the mathematical formula of Fibonacci-see this fascinating YouTube video, The Fingerprint of God:
Video from Grace Baptist Church, Lockport IL.