Do you agree that we are made of clay?? Yep? Tis true. It was from the ground that the God made us - that's you and me!! Now we all come in an assortment of colors, sizes and shapes.
The sad thing is that often times people judge us by our shape, size or color. Right? God knows what is IN you, my friend. This fact should help us feel better about our self. The point was most vividly brought out by the story I once heard.
It seems that a Benvenuto Cellini (Italian sculptor) received a huge block of marble. Upon examining it he discovered a small flaw. Because of the small crack, no artist would submit a design for it.
But the story does not end there - it continues like this. In the public square of Florence a fence was built around the slab of marble - and also a small "shack" for the artist. Days went by, months, even up to two years went by with the sculptor working. THEN at the appointed time the fence was taken down as well as the shack. THEN all in the city of Florence beheld the result and just couldn't believe their eyes!!!! There was Michelangelo's DAVID. Wow!!
The bottom line was Michelangelo SAW in that block of marble a stature which the others did not. see. So, in our lump of clay (which you see every day in the mirror) remember God sees something.
To begin with, you have been created in the "image of God" and second God sees in you something very beautiful and most important. The problem is when we get so overtaken by burdens and the cares of life WE fail to realize that and we start believing a lie! Eccl. 3:11
"GOD HAS MADE EVERYTHING BEAUTIFUL IN HIS OWN TIME"
What God says is great and important, let no man say otherwise. You, my friend, are a VERY IMPORTANT person. To me, to others, to God and most of all to yourself!! We see it IN you.
Let me tell you 4 things to remember after you read this:
1. You were known before seen
2. You are fearfully and wonderfully made
3. You cost Jesus a lot
4. You have been called by name
You are a “somebody” .Jesus wants you to feel good in your skin.
Jesus is the “lifter of your head”.
Your prayer for yourself, my friend
Lord, thank you for reminding me that I am fearfully and wonderful made. Thank you that you see in me something that is most useful to you and to others. May I really come to that realization, in the name of Jesus.
…….and just to add the Word of God: (Psalm 139: 14-18
“I praise you because I (______place your name ______)am fearfully and wonderfully made, your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth (clay body) your eyes saw my unformed body……How precious to me are your thoughts O God. How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would out number the grains of sand….”
Blessings and love,
Dr. Neal and Nancy Carlson
Words for Courageous Living