For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
my soul knows it very well. (Psalm 139:13-14 ESV)
What is it about your personal self that you would change if you could? All of us have something; that one thing which, if we could re-do, would make us SO muc+9h happier! For me, it’s my hair. Apparently my sweet Aunt Mary, from whom I received one of my names, also gifted me with her baby-fine hair!
For those of you who have “good” hair, let me explain. Baby fine hair is soft, silky, and STRAIGHT! It can be curled, but it takes MUCH effort, time, and hair product to do so. Baby fine hair can be combed into almost any style you like, and will look great in that style……for about half an hour! Then it falls flat. On a bright, sunshine-y day, with just exactly the right amount of non-humidity, it might last for a couple of hours!
I say all that to say this: So many of us are dissatisfied with something about ourselves. Some things can be changed (like my weight problem), and others are here to stay (like my hair). We just have to learn how to live with and deal with them.
I prefer to believe that there is a divine design to our complete selves. It is no accident when our eyes are blue, our hair is straight, our legs are long, or our fingers are short and stubby. The Psalmist said it so beautifully: You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb….You watched as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together.
And then he expresses gratitude to God for this wonder: Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous!
It is so important for us to impart this to our children and grandchildren. They need to know that there is a greater plan than they can see. Tell them about the plan that God has for them…that “All our days were written in God’s book before we were ever born.”
And, as for ourselves, no matter how old we get, we still deal with these personal issues, these things that bring out some hidden insecurity that no one else sees.
But God sees. And we must remember that. He has a plan. We are who we are for a reason. How we deal with the details is up to us. The best thing for us to do is to be thankful for them. THANKFUL Absolutely!
Let’s go back to Psalm 139: “I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.” Do you believe this? CJ