Hairy. Awkward. Out of place. We can all feel this way at times. The foamy, hard waves of doubt and insecurity can crush the spirit. And, that devastating sea wall can sting leaving us cold, afraid and uncertain. My dear one – never feel uncertain when you are engraved in Christ’s hands.
The impact of the wave and diffidence in this stone cold world is downright dreadful. Simply staggering because our soul was meant to soar! Yet, we can become so downtrodden by the day, circumstances and harsh words that lash us like cattails.
Rejoice in your features. Dance in your distinction. Garner goose bumps after hearing your one-of-a-kind voice. Yes, we are all created different and that is something to celebrate. Red curls top my head and freckles line my face with subtle dimples; whereas others have hair as black as the night and skin like toasted almonds. What visions in the image of Christ!
“The LORD your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17
It breaks my heart to see women and men alike – hold their heads in shame over their beautiful images. I, myself, am guilty of this from time to time. But, the truth is – you were created with a purpose and a master design.
Like a dream house that has intricate blueprints – you were a dream and the vision of your maker. Your smile was formed by his hands and your hair woven together in his goodness. Goofy and overused as the phrase is – you were born an original, don’t die a carbon copy.
It is calming to study all the marvelous creatures that God made by his mighty hands. No species is the same. You have the little bumpy frog that ribbits comfortably on a pond of floating seats and the Scottish highland cow that roams the meadows peacefully covered from head to toe in long orange hair. Each beautiful creations in the Maker’s sight.
However, they were not made in his image – we were! How much more does he care for us. It is unbelievable; we can never fully grasp how much God loves us. He sacrificed his son to save us. That is utmost love.
“If God had a refrigerator, your picture would be on it. If He had a wallet, your photo would be in it. He sends you flowers every spring and a sunrise every morning… Face it, friend. He is crazy about you! ” Max Lucado
Let us not walk around defeated, feeling inferior. Today consider this post a daily dose of encouragement. You are precious in his sight. You carry God’s light and that, my dear one, is nothing to be ashamed of.
Shine that light brightly. You were made for a purpose – no matter how awkward or out of place you feel. And, God has you in his sight. You will never be alone. That is amazing grace.