For you created 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. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.
At one time or another, most all of us struggle with who we are as a person. Many times we focus on our own flaws and we fail to comprehend just how magnificent a creation, we are. I also fall into the trap of comparing myself to other people. Whenever I attempt to measure myself against my perception of others, I always come up short. My self worth is then measured in terms of what the world, or other people, consider important.
We once had a neighbor that always seemed to arrive at church, a few minutes before we did. We made a game out of it but no matter how hard we tried, we could never seem to get to church before she did. One day my wife made a comment to her about how she always manages to get her family to church on time. Our neighbor said, “You have no idea how hard it is to get them going, we always seem to be running behind.” We were surprised because it appeared that our neighbor really had her act together, when in fact, she was struggling just as much as we were. Perceptions are often not reality.
In times of self doubt, I go to Psalm 139, to be reminded that God made me just the way I am for a specific purpose. Psalm 139 begins by saying that God has searched me and He knows me. God knows when I sit and when I rise. God perceives my every thought from afar. God is familiar with all my ways and before I can even utter a word, God knows what I am going to say. This psalm reminds us that God created us in His own image and that we are who we are for a reason.
Recently, I was given advice about some additional responsibilities that are coming my way. It was suggested that I need to become someone different or in some ways act differently. This person was trying to help me but in fact was giving me some very bad advice. God gave each of us different talents and gifts and by working together we can use these gifts to further God’s kingdom. Some folks go about serving God in a very visible way while others serve God behind the scenes and go unnoticed by most for their efforts.
God knew what He was doing when He created us. He intentionally made us the way we are and God can use our strengths and even our weaknesses in order to further His kingdom here on this earth. Don’t ever allow anyone to tell you that you are not important or that you somehow fail to measure up to the world’s standards. You are “fearfully and wonderfully made” and you are created in the image of your Creator. The works of God are truly wonderful.