The little one twirled, laughing, in her Sunday dress. As she stopped, I exclaimed, “You’re beautiful!”
With a sparkle in her eyes, she gave her joy-filled answer: “I know!”
There was not a hint of conceit in her reply. It was simply the recognition of how God had created her—precious, and, yes, beautiful.
As the years pass, she’ll be told it’s not polite to acknowledge her own beauty. And worse, people in their jealousy or thoughtlessness will make her doubt its reality. But for this one moment, she knew the truth of today’s verse. She was “fearfully and wonderfully made” and she knew it “full well.”
When’s the last time you acknowledged that you are fearfully and wonderfully made? That you are, indeed, beautiful? If you’re like most women, I bet it’s been a while. We’ve heard the world’s version of beauty so often that we think it’s the real yet unattainable standard.
In the world’s mirror we see our extra weight, our not quite straight noses, the circles under our eyes. In our religious mirrors we see our failures, our selfishness, our impatience, or our lack of compassion. So we believe that there is no beauty in us.
Don’t you think it hurts God’s heart when he sees His beautiful creatures not willing or able to acknowledge His amazing handiwork? We would never deny the beauty of a rose or the majesty of a star filled sky, yet we so easily deny the beauty He’s created in us!
A dear friend of mine is truly amazing. She gives from her heart to anyone she meets. You can hardly spend time with her without being encouraged. And though she carries a few extra pounds and her wonderfully curly hair now has silver highlights, she is beautiful. Her eyes shine with compassion and her smile shares Christ’s love.
But my friend no longer believes she is beautiful. People in her life have made her feel like she is not enough, and when I see a shadow cross her beautiful face, I know she believes the lie. She believes the lie that she is not fearfully and wonderfully made.
Hear me when I say to you, dear sisters, it is a lie! Yes, we are sinners and do things that are not beautiful. And perhaps we haven’t taken care of our bodies as we should, but our actions are forgiven, we are made new, by Christ’s sacrifice. And we have always been and will always be beautiful. We are, each of us, fearfully and wonderfully made!
Genesis 1:31 tells us that, after He had made humans in His own image, “God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.” We are part of that good creation.
Sisters, please know this day that you are beautiful. You are “fearfully and wonderfully made. If you are having trouble believing this truth, perhaps you are looking in the wrong mirror. Ask God to replace the world’s mirror with His own.
In God’s mirror we see a reflection of who God is. We see an image of His creativity, compassion, love, and beauty in us. We see the unique way God has knit us together in our mothers’ wombs (Psalm 139:13). We see our beauty through God’s eyes.
I pray that today you will look at yourself in God’s mirror, so that when I say to you “you’re beautiful!” you can look back with a sparkle in your eyes and say: “I know!”
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Psalm 139:14