Psalm 139:13-18 (NRSV)
For it was you who formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; that I know very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes beheld my unformed substance. In your book were written all the days that were formed for me, when none of them as yet existed. How weighty to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! I try to count them--they are more than the sand; I come to the end--I am still with you.
O LORD, . . . I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
- Psalm 139:1, 14 (NRSV)
I'VE read this passage many times before, but recently it took on a more personal meaning. During our weekly Bible study, I had a sudden revelation. Looking around the room I realized there are two kinds of people in this world: wrinkled and polished. I am wrinkled - wrinkled from head to toe. And I wasn't sure if I liked this about myself.
My friends are godly, intelligent, and wise women who have a sense of style and the confidence to display it. But no matter how I try to "fit" in, I do not have a consistent style. I'm not polished but wrinkled. I am short, my hair is coarse and curly, and I am somewhat overweight. Even if I starched my clothes, straightened my hair, and stood all day, I would still be wrinkled.
Feeling a little on the outside of my small circle of friends, I heard God say softly in my heart, "Queenie, I made you; I love you, and it pleases me that you are who you are. For every smooth person there is a wrinkled person; you can learn from one another."
When I spoke of my revelation to my buddies, I didn't have to tell them which one I am; they knew. Like God, they love me just the way I was wonderfully made.
Prayer: O God, in your sovereign wisdom you made us just the way we are - and we please you by being ourselves. Teach us to love others and ourselves. Amen.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
God proclaims each one of us "wonderfully made."
To affirm each one I meet as wonderful
By Queenie Bernard, Georgia