People go to extraordinary expense and trouble to view, first-hand, an outstanding work of art. Gazing at Michelangelo’s David, or the Mona Lisa, we are struck by the amazing skill and creativity that went into producing these (static) works.
Any crass visitor who came through and dismissed the Mona Lisa with a throwaway comment such as, “ahhh, just a random assortment of paints…nothing to see here!” would be viewed as uncultured at best, and utterly stupid at worst.
So…are you (and your kids) just a random assortment of chemicals, or a an amazing (and living) work of art?
Here is what we learn in Psalm 139:
- You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; wonderful are your works, and my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth. Your eyes have seen my unformed substance; and in Your book were all written the days that were ordained for me, when as yet there was not one of them.
The language of the psalm is itself a work of art; but greater still, it points to the most effective shield we can give our children who are navigating through a world of negativity and peer pressure.
You are not a random assortment of chemicals, here with no purpose, and subject to the pinball pressures of your peer group. You, as you are, are fearfully and wonderfully made. You are designed for a purpose; uniquely gifted and wonderfully woven together by God. You needn’t try to remake yourself into the image of others who aspire only to tear you and others down; instead, embrace what you see in the mirror, and offer whatever you have to your Creator and His world.
You may feel like you’re a nobody. You may find yourself wishing you were someone else. You may be tempted to think that you’re God’s first mistake. That you’re doomed to insignificance because you aren’t (strong/tall/pretty/talented/athletic/sexy/smart) enough.
But you’d be wrong.