I was saddened to read that the daughter of a famous sporting couple had passed away. She was only 33 and beautiful inside and out. What could have happened to cut short her promising life? It was later revealed that she’d spent years battling an eating disorder. I can only imagine her torment and the distress of her family and friends as they watched this beautiful young woman slip away.
Eating disorders involve a complex array of factors and I won’t attempt to examine all of those here. However, I can’t help thinking that if we truly understood how beautiful we are in God’s sight, we could more easily refute the lies and deceptions of the enemy that continually remind us of our imperfections.
Today’s passage gives us an intimate snapshot of our Creator’s point of view.
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 (vv. 13-14).
I love the way verse 15 is expressed in the Amplified Bible:
My frame was not hidden from You, When I was being formed in secret, And intricately and skillfully formed [as if embroidered with many colours] in the depths of the earth.
Can you imagine the joy on God’s face as he wove us together, embroidering us with many colours? Regardless of what the world says, regardless of what the enemy whispers in our ears, we are of infinite value and worth. We bear the stamp of God’s image. May that truth permeate our lives and give us a new perspective on every person we meet.
Dear Lord, it’s so easy to get caught up with the world’s view of what we should look like and be like. Please instil in us a deeper sense of your love for us and help us to value others the way that you value us. In Jesus’ name, Amen.