Did you know that there are approximately 550 hairs in the human eyebrow? Its true, not that I’ve counted, but I’ve plucked, and you women out there understand that. Did you also know that your brain contains almost 100 BILLION nerve cells.? Oh, and the coolest thing? Your toddler might not have knee caps. Go ahead and check, you know you want to. E doesn’t have them yet. Apparently, we all get them some time between the ages of 2 and 6.
Ok, so why all the body facts? Our memory verse this week is Psalms 139: 15: “I praise you, because I am fearfully and wonderfully made,” and I thought the above facts might get you thinking about just how wonderful you are. As I was preparing this devotional I really thought about this verse. Do I praise him? Yes, absolutely, but do I praise Him because I am fearfully and wonderfully made? Do I really believe I am “wonderfully” made? I mean, I know what I look like post baby, and it ain’t what I would call “wonderful”.
Hearing that we are “fearfully and wonderfully” made and KNOWING we are “fearfully and wonderfully made” are two different things all together. So often I let my insecurities get the best me. I possess the audacity to tell God, “Well, everyone else might be made wonderful, but I just don’t cut it.” I forget that the God who created the universe, who flung stars into the heavens and spun planets into existence also had His hand in every one of my eccentricities. He not only knows the number of hairs on my eyebrows, he placed them there.
I once had the pleasure of hearing Liz Curtis Higgs speak about being wonderfully made. She gave the women she spoke to a challenge. She told us to wake up in the morning and go about our morning routine. Then when we were done, and inspecting our image in the mirror, instead of scrutinizing every last inch of ourselves to simply throw our hand above our head and shout “TA DA!” She pointed out that for one thing, you can’t say “ta da!” with a frown, so it makes you smile. For another, she said, its causes us to lift our hands in praise, and saying “TA DA!” is really like saying “thanks, daddy” to our heavenly father.
It is so important to instill in our children that they were fashioned by a loving God who doesn’t make mistakes, especially when we as parents know firsthand that the world will tell them they need improvement. We need to be sure that we remind ourselves of God’s perfection, too. Today I encourage you to go to the mirror, throw your hand in the air, yell “TA DA” and know that you beloved are the apple of his eye, and that you are fearfully and wonderfully made.