By Whitney Senden
“I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well (Psalm 139:14).” This verse has been on my mind since being in Colorado. The past month has been packed with new knowledge and understandings of who we are as people and how we are all so uniquely created by God. Throughout our DUS classes, we have been exposed to a personality test called the Enneagram, which has increased our desires to gain an understanding of who we are. This is an ancient test that is more than just a personality test, it is also a test of the soul. The Christian perspective of this test digs deep into the heart of God and connects how we all carry a piece of His character. The bible says that we are image bearers of God, but it is often difficult to see Christ in ourselves. This test is encouraging because it shines light onto the Christ-like qualities we carry, but also the sinful sides that are exposed when we are feeling stressed, depressed, or defeated. In knowing how we function when we are doing well versus how we function when we are stressed, we are able to identify ways that we can expand our strengths and develop our weaknesses. Although it is difficult to admit my downfalls, it has challenged me to be more aware of the areas of my life that I would rather not have people see on a regular basis. As a team we have been working through our personality test results, which has greatly developed our understanding of one another and has made living in a house of nine people much more manageable.
Colorado is a perfect place to learn about the ways that God has designed each one of his children to fulfill a unique purpose because of all the impeccable nature that is within the state. Witnessing the creativity of God in how intricately he constructed nature shows me just how uniquely he designed us. In Romans 1:20 we are told that, “For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities--his eternal power and divine nature--have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.” Through nature God is able to speak to us, teach us of his greatness, and remind us of how we all bare his image.