“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Psalm 139:13,14
When Nick Vujicic was born, his father looked at him in the nursery of the hospital and then went to tell his wife that their baby, born without any limbs, was ‘beautiful’!
In a world where anything less than perfection needs to be changed and improved, I have been challenged by the outlook of this father who determined from the outset that his son was exactly as he should be and not a mistake. His life was full of meaning and God had a purpose for him just as he was. He was after all, created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27a) and absolutely loved by his parents.
For someone who has struggled most of her life with self-image, it’s a challenge to see myself as God sees me, fearfully and wonderfully made. Beautiful! Really God? I can spout the verses off about that but do I really believe it?
Not only have I been made in His image, but I am loved unconditionally and without reservation. If the God of the universe has made me and loves me so much that He sent His son to die on the cross for me, then who am I to complain about how I am made. I need to learn to love myself too.
Heavenly Father, thank You that You have indeed created me. Help me to live my life in light of that every day, remembering that I am fearfully and wonderfully made and that in Your eyes I am beautiful! Amen.
Have you struggled with your self image in the past? Do you see yourself as fearfully and wonderfully made in God’s image? Take some time today to thank God for how He has made You.
Go Ahead. Love Yourself!