“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”
As a parent, often when I look at the faces of my children, I marvel at the Lord’s handiwork. It amazes me at how God created each of them so wonderfully, I really think each one of them is pretty awesome. During the baby/toddler stage, it’s so easy to look upon them with such delight, because they are so darn cute! But honestly, in any stage of my kids’ lives, I look at them, and I sit amazed at how God designed each one so perfectly.
I often try to remind my kids of how much I love them, how handsome/beautiful they are, how smart they are and how much I appreciate them.
As an imperfect mother, it is effortless for me admire and adore my kids. It is also easy to read and believe Psalm 139 when I think about each of my children. But do you know what is difficult some days? Reading Psalm 139 and believing it about myself. I am God’s child, but do I believe that I am wonderfully made? Many days I struggle to believe this scriptural truth.
When I condemn flaws in my appearance, or in my intellect, or in my capabilities, am I insulting the creation that our Father has made?
At times when my kids claim that they can’t do something, it makes me sad (and sometimes mad) that they can’t see their potential…or the awesome potential that I see in them!
Is this how the Father sometimes feels when I am down on myself? Sad? Mad?
I am HIS creation. Do I believe that He delights in me far more than the way that I delight in my children? When I look at them with admiration, do I believe that God looks at me like that?
Sometimes it is so much easier to embrace this truth for others more than myself.
How about you?
I pray that this truth will resonate in my heart and yours today.