Thank the Maker!

When Star Wars came out in 1977, I was  a little young, only five years old. I can’t remember going and seeing the movie in the theater, but I know I was in love with the toys, because I remember getting many of them for Christmas. I know the toys were not available right away, so it may have been Christmas of ’78 or ’79 when I finally got my hands on them. I remember taking my C3PO to the sandbox at school and pretending that we were on the desert planet. I still have that toy, somewhere.

C3PO is also the character in the movie taht reminded us of the “Maker”. When he emerges from his oil bath, he exclaims, “thank the Maker!” Coming from the mouth of a droid, its doesn’t sound all that odd, since droids (robots) are artificial and must have a maker or manufacturer of some kind. But back then, we all thought C3PO was referring to a robot making company or some such. Fast forward to 1999’s The Phantom Menace, Star Wars Episode 1, and suddenly we discover that the maker was personal, a brilliant little boy named Anakin Skywalker. Suddenly the phrase, “thank the Maker!” means more than coming off of an assembly line, but something that was carefully crafted and molded by the hands of a person. Our perspective of C3PO of maybe ourselves changes.

It is one thing to thing you are product of natural processes over millions of years, that you are nothing special but a happy accident in the course of eons. It is quite another to realize that you were specially and wonderfully made by a person, an Intelligence that intended to make you, especially you, to fulfill His great purpose. For Anakin, that purpose was to be a droid to “help mom.” For us, what might that purpose be? For the very fact we are created means that we were made for a purpose, to help one another, to worship the Maker of heaven and earth, to give, to love, to defend the truth and so on. Because we are made, we have purpose. You were made, and you have a purpose. Thank the Maker!

Heavenly Father, thank you for bringing me into the world, especially and wonderfully made for a reason. I know that today, I am not the result of an eons-long experiment by nature to “see what happens” but a special product, and special person with a special purpose. Help me realize that purpose in my own life, that I may fulfill the purpose given to me by my Maker. Thank You Lord for giving me life. I love and worship You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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I've been in ministry in the Christian Churches/ Churches of Christ for 20+ years. Finished my doctorate in Biblical Studies in 2015. Serve today as a Hospital Chaplain.

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