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May 2019

One day, some 14,000 to 40,000 years ago, someone got tired of staring at blank walls. It can be awfully boring living in a cave. So he—or more probably she—found some wet black stuff and threw up a few sketches. The image of a bison or wooly rhinoceros can do wonders for the spirit. It was a start.

Today, interior design is a big-time industry. There’s virtually nothing that can’t be worked into a home or office, including reprints of those early cave drawings. People’s desire to make their spaces trendy or classic, or simply to upgrade, has even spawned a television network—HGTV. It’s given people like Chip and Joanna Gaines, Jonathan and Drew Scott, Ben and Erin Napier, a celebrity status.

Those television shows are formulaic, but they work. They respond to our lack of vision and creativity. Most people can’t see beyond the four walls, a floor, and a ceiling of a space. Somehow, designers can. They have an eye for potential—for the what-can-be. They can see colors, shapes, and textures not apparent to most of us. They can understand subtle differences that make big differences in the overall look and feel of a space. And with the help of their teams, they can make it all happen.

Their creativity brings us in deeper awe of the Hand of God. Way back when, there was nothing but Him. Literally nothing. But He saw the potential and set to work. He created a space—the universe—so big that its edge is 46 billion light years away, and still growing. One light year is six trillion miles. Do the math, if your calculator can handle it. We think our solar system is big, but it’s not even a drop in a bucket. There may be 40 billion earth-sized planets orbiting in our Milky Way galaxy, about 11 billion orbiting sun-like stars. The Milky Way is only one of 200 billion galaxies in the universe.

Let’s get closer to home. After creating our earth’s atmosphere, water, mountains, valleys, deserts, jungles, swamps, and plains, then setting the thermostat from too hot to too cold, God created life forms that could handle it. There are about 391,000 plant species. Some are the source of medicine. Others can camouflage themselves to look like rocks. They can live for thousands of years and rebound from conditions that would kill other life. They can catch flies and feed on other plants. And they can even change carbon dioxide into oxygen.

He wasn’t done. He created the 700,000 to one million ocean species, about one-third to two-thirds still awaiting names. There are Christmas tree worms, scary viperfish, goblin sharks with long snouts and nails for teeth, and octopus that glow with their own light—to name only four. And He created our feathered friends. Currently, there are an estimated 20,000 species, some with crazy looks and crazy names like royal flycatcher, African crowned crane, and lilac-breasted roller. They do neat stuff. Eagles can see an ant from ten-stories high. Atlantic puffin actually live on the Atlantic; they come ashore to breed. Cardinals cover themselves with ants to get rid of parasites. Bassian thrushes find worms to eat by, well, passing gas—God’s sense of humor at work. To keep them fed, there are 950,000 species of insects all over the world.

Lest we forget, in His 1.2 million species of animals, there are over 6,400 species of mammals, about 10,700 species of reptiles, and about 7,000 species of amphibians. Grand total: as many as 8.7 million creeping, crawling, slithering, swimming, flying, running, roaming, growling, cheeping, species of life exist on earth. God obviously knows how to fill a space.

Yet with all the millions of species He created, there is only one species of humans. We are absolutely unique. But why just one? It’s because He gives us virtually unlimited potential. He makes us in His image and likeness, as the psalmist sings, little less than the angels. He gives us a mind and a free will. He sets a law of love in our hearts and gives us a conscience to direct ourselves to the good. We are not the most physically capable species, but using His gifts we can move mountains, fly to other planets, explore the ocean bottoms. Driven by His spirit, we feed the world, cure the sick, befriend the lonely, and touch troubled hearts. We have that much potential, that much ability.

But we are not infallible. We rationalize away the truth, and it has created so many problems, and so much needless, senseless death. In 1973, our Supreme Court ruled that an unborn baby is merely a potential life, not what each one truly is: a life with potential. It has made the unborn easy pickings for abortion predators who see dollar signs in a pregnant mother’s fearful eyes. It has led to calls from power-hungry politicians to “trust women.” Why? Why should we trust anyone’s decision to take a life that God has filled with so much potential? Isn’t it far better to trust that our loving God will give us what we need, when we need it, if only we seek His help?

For in fact, He does. And in His timeless design, He gave to every unborn the world’s best possible gift—a mother. She believes in her baby long before the baby makes her first appearance. She innately understands that there may be difficult times, heartaches and heartbreaks, lying ahead for both herself and her baby. But more that anyone, she understands the potential in her child. The potential to do great things in big and small ways. A mother will freely accept her own death so her child can live.

Love like that deserves more than a special day in May. For some women, pregnancy can be awfully scary. We need to be God’s gift to expectant moms—holding their hands, guiding their steps, and strengthening their spirits. We need to help them realize that all will work out. We need to be their answer to prayer. For through them, the Designer works wonders.


Paul V. Esposito is a Catholic lawyer who writes on a variety of pro-life topics. He and his wife Kathy live in Elmhurst, Illinois and have six children.

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