She has her Father’s Eyes

By Pastor Mitch
February 19, 2012

This is little Albie. She is Stephanie’s youngest niece. Last Christmas, she spent about two weeks with us in Singapore.  She has this pair of beautiful doll-like eyes that makes her most adorable and endearing. It is obvious that she got them from her father. In the light of this, I have always wondered why we look like our parents. According to, the way we grow and develop is determined by genes on the chromosomes which we receive from our parents. Individual genes contain ‘recipes’ for proteins. Many proteins are enzymes which control the making of virtually all of the molecules in the body, including hair, skin, eyes etc. Therefore, because we inherit these ‘recipes’ from our parents, characteristics such as hair, eye and skin colour will often be the same as our parents. This is the reason why Albie has her father’s eyes.


“I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;”  Psalm 139:14

How we inherit looks from our parents is just one of the many fascinating ways in which God created us. David, as he reflected on the creation of man, was just so awed with the way God formed him as a fetus. From the point that he was conceived in his mother’s womb, God was already skilfully forming him bit by bit.  As he pondered over this, he could not help but see the tremendous wisdom and design behind it. God did not just create us in a casual and haphazard manner.  He carefully thought through with infinite wisdom how wonderful the human body should be. It is amazing what we can discover about our bodies.   For example, did you know that the stomach’s digestive acids are strong enough to dissolve zinc? Fortunately for us, the cells in the stomach lining renew so quickly that the acids don’t have time to dissolve it. Another interesting fact is that the lungs contain over 300,000 million capillaries (tiny blood vessels). If they were laid from end to end, they would stretch over 2400km. How awesome! We are meant to stand in awe at how wonderfully God created us. God also made us most uniquely with the capacity for good and not wickedness. We differ from animals in that we have a conscience that can help us determine what is right and wrong. Furthermore, there is within us the propensity to know God and to reflect His glory. Truly, it is mind-boggling how God created each and every one of us differently. Indeed, we are fearfully and wonderfully made. As we wonder at the greatness of how God formed us, let’s determine to praise Him always.