I love airports. If you ask me, they’re the most entertaining places on the planet. Here’s why: they have more food options than the food court at a mall, they have stores filled with trinkets you’ll never use but somehow feel you need, and they have people from all over the world passing through their corridors—and that’s the best part. I’m fascinated by the different ways people move through life, because no one is the same. Have you ever thought about that for very long? There are no two people that are exactly the same. It’s amazing how much diversity there is in this world. And for me, that speaks to one thing: the creativity of our Creator. God doesn’t know how to be boring, does He?
I recently found myself sitting around a baggage claim carousel with roughly 100 or so people in Orlando. In that crowd was a family from England, one from India, a couple from South Carolina, and one man from eastern Europe. The differences between them culturally was stark enough, but then I noticed their personalities; the way they engaged with each other; their patience or lack there of; all the way down to the kind of cell phone they were using. The differences were exponential. It was stunning.
My wife’s career takes her all over the country working with companies on how to connect with people in the office every day. I love the way her company defines diversity: any difference that makes a difference. Because the truth is, you can have a room full of 100 people from the same town, same socio-economic level, same gender, and same race and STILL have differences between them. Again, that’s creativity. God’s amazing in that way. Seven billion people are walking around right now and no two are alike. Just try to sit down and draw 25 distinct flowers from memory, good luck trying to make them unique from one another.
Isaiah 64:8 says “But now, O LORD, You are our Father, We are the clay, and You our potter; And all of us are the work of Your hand.” Psalm 104:24 states, “O Lord, how manifold are your works! In wisdom have you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.” I know some people really connect with God by getting out in nature and beholding His creation. I get that, it does my spirit good too. But for me, thinking about the massive number of people and the countless unique qualities they each carry with them, reminds me that God is huge. Because he not only wove them each together but He knows, loves, and cares for each of them every minute of every day—even if they don’t acknowledge Him. Just listen to what Jesus said, “And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows” (Luke 12:7). Like I said, God is huge. Need a reminder? Go to a busy place, sit down, turn your phone off and watch His handiwork. It might turn your next long wait in the airport security line into a time of worship!
After serving as the Student Ministries Pastor for 10 years, Josh Petersen is now the Lead Pastor of Immanuel Church. He’s married to Heidi and together they live with Jake, Logan, Cole and Sawyer at the circus they call home.