“Wonderfully Made”
 

When I was a little girl, I was the quintessential shy people-pleaser who hated people being upset or disappointed with me. There were and are many things in life that I am not good at. My parents put me in soccer at the age of six to help me become more outgoing and I stood frozen on the field like an ice sculpture. I was a late reader, struggled with math and writing, and I was held back in third grade. I ran cross-country in seventh grade and was the slowest person on the team. All of these things were not necessarily pleasant experiences but they shaped who I am in a positive way. Trials make us stronger if we allow God to work through them. Even as a child, I knew that my value was not determined by my accomplishments. Psalm 139:13-14 says, “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.” I knew that Jesus loved me and my parents loved me and everything would be okay because, ultimately, God is in control. 

We live in a hurting world that is drowning in superficial quick fixes to deep wounds that can only be fixed by the power and love of Jesus Christ. There is probably not a soul on this earth that hasn’t wrestled with feeling inadequate, insecure, or worthless at some point in his/her life. Samuel went to Jesse’s household to find God’s replacement for King Saul. He thought Eliab was the one for sure but 1 Samuel 16:7 says, “But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.’” 

It isn’t just worldly inadequacy we struggle with but spiritual as well. There can be a lot of pressure within the church to be “put together.” Vulnerability can be freeing because it forces us to remove our “false self” and share the deep hidden things of our life that we don’t want seen. We cannot grow spiritually if we are not honest with ourselves about the sins in our lives which separate us from God. I am not a naturally vulnerable person and it is painfully difficult for me at times. However, these moments of confession have been the most freeing of my life. James 5:16 says, “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” We have a God who desires all of us. He KNOWS us better than we know ourselves. Satan is the Great Deceiver and he wants us to believe that we are alone in our sufferings and tribulations. I want to challenge all of you to find a trusted Christian friend or mentor this week (through video chat, of course) who you can confess your hidden sins to and ask that person to be your accountability partner. Make a commitment to pray for that person daily. 

Maria – International Ministry