For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible. (Col. 1:15)

THERE’S A WONDERFUL STORY about Walt Disney, the creative mind behind a host of lovable characters, family films, and other amusements. Disney passed away in 1966 but the entertainment empire he founded continued to grow. It’s said that at the dedication of one of its many theme parks, someone said to Walt’s surviving brother, Roy Disney, “I wish Walt would have been alive to see this.” To which Roy replied, “Walt did see it. If he hadn’t seen it, we wouldn’t be seeing it.”

To create is to bring into being something that has existed only in the mind. It is to translate vision into reality And Jesus did that in ways you and I can scarcely imagine. He is the creative vision behind rocks and trees and sky, and behind truth and justice and love. He brought into being the world that you see as well as the invisible, spiritual reality that animates our lives. He is the Creator.

When we see Jesus simply as a historical person who lived, died some 2,000 years ago, or even as a divine Savior who is capable of forgiving our sins, we miss the most of who He is. He is the One responsible for everything you see—and all that you don’t. Remember that when you feel the warm sun, touch a baby’s soft skin, or long for justice. If Jesus hadn’t seen these things, you wouldn’t either.

Take a breath of fresh air and thank the Lord for giving it to you.

Lawrence W. Wilson is the author of A Different Kind of Crazy (WPH) and coauthor of The Long Road Home (WPH). He lives in central Indiana and blogs at

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