Psalm 139: 13-14 New International Version (NIV)
13 For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
Since having kids I have heard and read this verse numerous times.
You often see it in stores on plaques, on cards, in pictures and in frames; often in the baby section as gift items. It is a great verse because we look at a child and think this…and we want to instill it into them…You are fearfully and wonderfully made!
As I studied this verse today, the thought came to my mind…why do we typically associate this verse with infants and kids? Why do we not connect it with ourselves as much as we do with our kids?
When you were conceived you were a single cell and from that single cell…YOU were created!
We, as humans, are the only creation on this earth made from the image of God.
We were created from God’s own image! Wow!
Yes, there are animals and other things that function, have a heart beat and learn; not to the capacity though of what humans do.
As humans, we can analyze things and learn from them. We have a moral compass and can tell the difference between right and wrong. Your brain is signaling your eyes right now as you are reading this to adjust the focus and aperture. It is crazy how complex the human brain is, quite frankly, it is likely the MOST complex ‘thing’ on the earth.
The human body is beyond amazing and it is well above my mental capacity to even begin to scratch the surface of its amazing attributes!
I did read an article though, as I was studying today, that really goes into depth about the human body’s awesomeness :-). You can read it on All About God.com or another article I found was located on Got Questions.org. Both of these articles will give you ample examples of how amazing you, as a human, are just simply in your existence!
So, a verse that I have seen and always thought…Yes, I want my child to know that he is fearfully and wonderfully made; is now a verse that I think God wants us ALL to think of and apply to ourselves!
I remember a quilt that my mom had at our house. It was made by my great-grandmother and it was so warm. It had lasted generations because of the time and care she had put into making it.
I loved it because I knew that her hands had made it, each little stitch; because of that care so many in my family had been warmed and wrapped up in comfort, created by her hands.
We are like that quilt, only about a bazillion times better! God created you, like a potter and his clay! He created every cell, every muscle and bone…everything! There isn’t a part of you he did not make!
You are not here because of luck, or some random ‘happen chance’, you are here because God made you. He hand stitched you together to be specifically YOU!
If God were to look into a mirror…the image he sees…that is what you were created from!
How cool is that…sorry, but WOW!!!!!
Granted we are human and far from perfect, but think about your own kids. They were created by God, but he used our bodies as parents. Each of my boys were created using my husband and I…they were created – you could say – from our image.
When I see my kids, I see my husband and I. I see their faults, but I feel the overwhelming love of a mother! When they mess up, I want to correct them out of love…I want to correct them to keep them safe.
When they are hurt or sick, I want to comfort them and love them and make their pain go away. I swear sometimes I hurt more than they do just simply because my heart breaks for them!
This is the same way that God see’s us, You and Me, we are his children…created in his image…and he made us so intricately that no one could ever duplicate his creation!
So next time you look in the mirror – Think of God doing the same thing – that is what you are created in the image of! (Sorry…again…WOW!)
When you see this verse…don’t think of it as only pertaining to your child – Think of it as a message from “Your Dad”, God, to You!