Happy Accident (Genesis 1:27-28)

For many years, Bob Ross was a fixture on public television. His innovative series, “The Joy of Painting” aired from 1983-1994 and introduced millions to a technique of painting that enabled a novice to create their own paintings and discover their hidden talents. One of his favorite expressions was, “happy accident.” He used it to reassure his students that when they thought they made a mistake while painting, it could be used to create something new and usually better. In his own words, “We don’t make mistakes; we just have happy accidents.” It was a comforting thought and it has been adapted to other situations by many others.

Some scientists aver that humans and all living creatures are the product of random mutations that, over billions of years, fortuitously came together to lead to our current existence. In addition to this, there was a series of happy accidents that assisted in the process. For example, the dinosaurs were nearly completely annihilated when one or more comets collided with the earth, millions of years ago. The cataclysmic event wiped out most of the existing species at that time and allowed the early primitive mammals to survive, providing the opportunity for these fortunate creatures to evolve into us. A happy accident, indeed!

So God created man in his own image; he created him in the image of God; he created them male and female.

Genesis 1:27 (CSB)

Man is not a happy accident, the end product of a series of fortuitous and random serendipitous events. We were deliberately created in the image of God by an intelligent and omnipotent Creator. Happy accidents may be a compelling explanation for a painting, but God left nothing to chance. We are not mistakes. We are created by God to serve Him and enjoy His creation.


Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.

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