As Augustine queried the universe, its beginnings, our place and most of all things past, present, and future, so do we, as creatures made from the deepest desires of Almighty God portray His intense plan to save our souls even before we were.
Free Will, perhaps the greatest attribute God instilled within our persona became the path to seeking God, learning to accept His Love for us, and then knowing God as a Father; one who would do anything to enhance and nourish His children. Can you even imagine the result of not having this Free Will, depending on every thought without using our own initiative to reach for the stars or seek knowledge laced with wisdom, and receiving a thought process that we had nothing to do with it.
Don’t get me wrong. We need the many gifts that God’s Holy Spirit imbeds within our individual persona, guides us at every step we take, corrects and nurtures the very movement our journey takes us everyday of our lives. It is God who we reach out to when the path gets muddled in confusion and we seem lost until we feel His gentle yet stern touch. We need God with every thought and action of ourselves.
Without Free Will God would not allow us to fall, but we would never appreciate the blessings He gives so generously and without cost, we would never really know God as He is.
When God created us, He knew before any of us were in the womb of our mothers, how the gift of free will would create a paradox, a struggle between good and evil, a Pandora’s Box of having to choose right from wrong. Yet, this was the only way for His creatures to choose Him over the enticements’ of life’s subtle attractions that deny His very Presence.
God did not want us to be like puppets, as in Punch and Judy, violent and perhaps unforgiving, living a non-conforming existence and never really understanding the reality that only God can provide. It is through His Omnipotence Almighty God wanted creatures that not only would love Him, but they would know why He Is and chose each of us as His own.
We are wonderfully made as in Psalm 139; “You formed my inmost being; you knit me in my mother’s womb. I praise you, so wonderfully you made me; wonderful are your works!” “My very self you knew; my bones were not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, fashioned as in the depths of the earth.” “Your eyes foresaw my actions; in your book all are written down; my days were shaped, before one came to be.” (Psalm 139: 13 - 16).
Such a tribute to God’s Love that the psalmist would be inspired to write a verse that comes to this present day the endless desire that our Living God, from before all eternity, which had no beginning, would create a human person. One that would reject the creator, and the creator would forgive by taking on our very humanity to live, teach, suffer, die, and rise from the dead so we could share everlasting life with Him.
Were you there when God created each of us? Yes! In God’s view of eternity with us, we were in His plan of salvation. The Holy Trinity watched as each of us from nothing became something. And in God’s eyes (spiritual vision of life) we were formed; so wonderfully and fearfully made are we.