“For You created me in 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

Babies are miraculous beings. When I had the privilege of holding each of my children for the first time, I was in awe of God’s handiwork, amazed at the precious life in front of me. I rarely tired of holding them, looking at them, playing with them.

God’s workmanship is obvious on the outside; but it is also evident in each person’s inmost being — the ability to think, feel, create, and communicate.

Our desire for intimate relationships is one of the clearest reflections of God’s personhood in us. God created us to know and be known; to love and be loved; to trust and be trustworthy. Ultimately, God has created each of us to be in an intimate relationship with Himself.

But in our broken world, our relationships are often less than ideal.

Parents don’t always care for their children in a way that reflects our Heavenly Father’s love and compassion. Friends, a spouse, or children may take these relationships for granted. We may even neglect our Creator, the God who loves us unconditionally.

However, when Jesus dwells within us, He begins to mend the wounds of our broken relationships. Do the hurts of past or present relationships disappear? Not always. But He will comfort us with a richer intimacy than any human being could offer.

Heavenly Father, thank You for creating me to have a relationship with You, the Almighty God. Thank You for the people in my life, both easy and challenging. Strengthen me to reflect Jesus in each relationship I have, as I find comfort and rest in my relationship with You. Amen.

Take Action

Have you been taking your relationship with your Heavenly Father for granted? Ask for His forgiveness. Pray that He will give you a deeper desire to spend time with Him through prayer and Scripture reading. Is there someone you need to apologize to? Pray that God will give you gentle and humble words when the opportunity arises to speak to them.



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