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Beauty in the Eye of the Beholder

“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. 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. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.”  Psalm 139:13-16

Do you ever find yourself looking at someone who you hold in high esteem and think “I wish I had their life” or “Why can’t I have their talents”? Do you ever find yourself ticking off all the items on the “Areas where I am a failure” mental checklist you have made? If you do let me reassure you, you are not the only one!  For me it is a constant day to day tug-o-war between how I feel and what I know to be true.

I remember one day when I was newly married my mother rang to tell me that she had something to give me for my house. So off I went to look at this treasure that was soon to be mine.  By the time I reached my parents’ place I had visions of beautifully restored antique furniture, my grandmothers wooden blanket box, maybe even a rocking chair. When I walked in the door my stomach dropped, there was this tatty cupboard which looked like something that should have been on the firewood pile.   Overwhelmed by disappointment I thought “How can I tell my mother that I would rather have nothing than have that cupboard in my house”.  Much to my relief it turned out that the cupboard wasn’t meant for me.

You know, I can’t even remember what I was given that day because what is ingrained in my memory is what transpired with the cupboard.  You see, my mother has an amazing gift of being able to see beauty in the forgotten pieces that society would take one look at and turn up their nose in disgust.  She took that tatty weathered cupboard, sanded the outside until every face was smooth, shelves were affixed to the top to transform it into a display buffet, a coat of paint was added and beautiful white stencils were carefully painted as the final touch.  This once tatty cupboard destined for the woodpile was rescued and transformed into a thing of beauty reflecting the vision of its creator.

What a perfect picture of our relationship with God this memory is.  Even before we were formed and took our first breath our Master Creator had a vision of our potential and His works are wonderful.  By His grace alone, God sees past our failings, our feelings of inadequacies and our brokenness to the heart of who we are.  He is waiting to smooth away the rough edges, add a coat of paint and transform us into who He destined for us to become if we allow it.

All we need to do is make spending time with Him a priority, meditate on the truths of His word and practically apply them to our day to day life. Doing this will allow our Master Creator to mould, prune and transform us.  It is a journey which will take the rest of our lives but I can assure you precious friends, there will be no regrets.

QUESTION TO PONDER:  What do you need to give up or release in order to make spending time with God a priority?

MORE VERSES TO EXPLORE:                                                                                         

Psalm 139:1-24; John 15:1-5

© 2016 by Tracy Thompson. All rights reserved.


References:                                                                                        Holy Bible: New International Version. (2011). Grand Rapids, Mich.:Zondervan



Do you ever look at your life and wonder "How did I ever end up here?"..... Me too, all the time! I am a mother, daughter, sister, friend and Jesus follower who's everyday life is full of ups and downs, laughter and tears and all the in between. The most important thing is I am living my life under grace thanks to the everlasting love of my Heavenly Father. I hope you can join me as I walk step by step looking for the wisdom in each moment along the way.

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