And I praise You because of the wonderful way you created me. Everything you do is marvelous! Of this I have no doubt. ~Psalms 139:14 Contemporary English Version
For years I yearned to wear dresses and red lipstick. YEARS. I didn’t do it because I didn’t want to stand out, to seem to fancy in what sometimes is a very non fancy world.
I look around at so many people who are trying to be someone they aren’t. We, as women, are constantly picking ourselves apart and finding all of the tiny flaws. These flaws jump out at you and scream in your face about how you aren’t good enough or beautiful enough. And then I think of that Psalm.
Everything He does is marvelous! Have you stood in awe at a sunset? Have you been amazed when those tiny flowers poke their way out of the ground each spring?
How many of us have taken photos of unusually created fruit or vegetables? Or have looked over a flaw in a piece of furniture because it gives it character?
We look at life with rose-colored glasses when it comes to the whole world until we look at ourselves in the mirror.
My eyebrows are uneven and my face is red and splotchy. Most days my hair can’t decide if it’s wavy or straight. And don’t get me started on my extra-large feet and hard to fit body.
What happened to being wonderfully made and praising Him for all of his marvelous creations?
This morning after my devotional time, I really was burdened with something on my heart as I looked at the table in my dining room. It came from my grandmother’s house and sits in the corner collecting various things that don’t get dumped on the dining room table. My favorite thing about this table are the clawed feet. They are chipped and discolored, there is some dirt that won’t ever come out from the lines, but I love it.
To me it speaks stories about life and family. I could never cast it aside for a different table, because to me it is perfection just the way it is. So I decided to post this to Instagram (I’m @hdurdil there by the way) with the hashtag #TruthOnASaturday.
Sometimes are flaws are what make us the MOST beautiful. Just let that sink in for a second.
My husband has the picture of me that I took while at a conference a few years ago. I see my saggy arms and multiple chins. I actually tried to throw it away on one occasion because I wasn’t really sure why he had it in his dresser. He saw the picture in a pile of stuff destined for the recycle bin and asked what I was doing to his beautiful wife. He looks at that photo and sees my smile and the joy in my eyes because I was doing something that I loved.
We need to love ourselves and all of our flaws, because we ARE wonderfully made!
What truth would you like to share with us this Saturday?