Blaze Prince… Big Red… Contender… O’Henry… White River… China Pearl… Cresthaven… all Peach varieties I have enjoyed this summer. And there are so many more.
As we hear in the opening chapter of Genesis: “The earth brought forth vegetation: plants yielding seed of every kind, and trees of every kind bearing fruit…”
This same panoply of taste and texture holds true for tomatoes, corn, apples (Bake a pie with “Kentish Fillbaskets” lately?). These are just a few items of produce, each with hundreds, thousands more varieties.
Not to mention toenail polish, which I wouldn’t, except in this season of open-toed shoes, my wife has been regaling me with the many varied shades of toenail polish available. Her current favorite is “Pompeii Purple.” One friend shares that she is committed to “Cha-Ching Cherry.”
Even mundane aspects of life speak to the magnificent variety all around us. God’s creation is vast and various, from the manifold bounty of gardens and vineyards to the seemingly endless palette of nail polish options.
Moving from the cosmetic to the cosmic, the universe gives an expansive, almost infinite testimony to the vast and various creation God speaks into being. Galaxies in incomprehensible number and configuration and variety surround us.
To borrow from Shakespeare’s Hamlet: “There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio…”
God’s vast and various creative principle is on display in human beings, too, in our individual differences and our cultural distinctions. Just like galaxies, we are each unique, “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14).
You and I are creatures appointed and equipped by God with “varieties of gifts… varieties of services… varieties of activities” (I Corinthians 12:4-6).
Through God’s abundant grace and providence, we are all blessed, in all our variety, to serve in God’s vast and various works.