Family Resemblances

My Tahitian Sister, Kay, Buying Produce
Papeete Marketplace, January 2004
Image Bearers
Ever have a “duh!” moment–one of those moments where you realized an insight that was so basic, so obvious, that you felt really stupid that you’d never made that mental connection before?
Me too. Take for example my contemplation of my dear friend Kate. She’s the friend everyone longs to have. Once when I was overtaken by a family medical emergency two days before an important business trip, she did my laundry for me. When my previous marriage collapsed, she sheltered me–and spoke the truth in love, holding me accountable for my transgressions. A busy entrepreneur, she always makes time for a heart-to-heart talk. She loves my entire family. Everyone needs a friend like Kate.
She sounds godly, doesn’t she?
So here’s what I was reflecting on, a week or so ago: Kate doesn’t follow the Lord. She’s told me that she wishes she could have my faith. We talk about it now and then. And I so want her with me for eternity. I pray for her.
I was stuck on this apparent contradiction. My best friend, who so reflects God’s love, doesn’t accept Him.
Then the obvious thought came to me: We’re all made in His image, whether we choose to accept Him or not.
26 Then God said, “Let Us make human beings in Our image, to be like Us. They will reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the wild animals on the earth, and the small animals that scurry along the ground.” 27 So God created human beings in His own image. In the image of God He created them; male and female He created them. 28 Then God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it. Reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the animals that scurry along the ground.” 29 Then God said, “Look! I have given you every seed-bearing plant throughout the earth and all the fruit trees for your food. 30 And I have given every green plant as food for all the wild animals, the birds in the sky, and the small animals that scurry along the ground—everything that has life.” And that is what happened. 31 Then God looked over all He had made, and He saw that it was very good! And evening passed and morning came, marking the sixth day.
Genesis 1:26-31 (NLT)