Uniquely Beautiful (from 31 Days of Encouragement – Beth)

“I WILL GIVE THANKS TO THEE FOR I AM FEARFULLY AND WONDERFULLY MADE.” Psalm 139:14

One of the greatest joys in my life is working with men and women with special needs each year during Vacation Bible School. My spirit wells up within me when I see many of my students running into the meeting room. Some of them walk slowly, but enthusiastically, to the room. Other students are wheeled into the room, waving their arms in sheer delight. All of my students have huge smiles on their faces, anticipating the start of our time together. Each person in the room is uniquely beautiful and created in the image of God. They seem to be unaware of their differences. As I walk around the room welcoming my class, they greet me with hugs and kisses like I am their long lost friend.

I always begin our time together by asking all who are able to stand up and sing and dance for Jesus. Once again, my spirit wells up within me as I witness these uniquely beautiful people sing, shout and dance as if they could see Jesus Himself singing and dancing right there with them. They are so unashamed of their love for Jesus and they are totally unaware of their disabilities. I am surrounded by individuals living in the simplicity and purity of the love of Christ. I stop for a minute, overwhelmed by my own pride of self and I quietly thank the Lord that we are all created and made in God’s image, in the likeness of our heavenly Father. Psalm 139:15 says, “My frame was not hidden from Thee, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth.”

Just imagine God’s creativity when He made you. If you read the first chapter of Genesis, you will find that when God created all things he said, “It is good.” Then He made man. Max Lucado said it best: “As a finale to a brilliant performance, He made man. He began with a useless mound of dirt and ended up with an invaluable species called human.”

Have you stopped for a few minutes lately to thank the Lord for creating you? Have you thanked Him for knowing and loving and choosing you before the beginning of the world? Let me challenge you today to thank the Lord for displaying His likeness in and through you.

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