But now, O Lord, You are our Father;
We are the clay, and You our potter;
And all we are the work of Your hand.
When the sun sets on a summers evening, it highlights the sky with numerous colours that generally create jaw dropping moments. When the moon makes an appearance amongst the bright stars, it illuminates the night sky and keeps us staring until our necks become stiff. Putting aside the biblical concept of time, God created the universe in six days but with us, He took nine months. I mean, if God created this amount of beauty within six days, imagine the amount of love and refinement He had while creating us. God truly is amazing, right? Want to know something even more astonishing? When God was creating the world, He put things into place by command but when it came to us, we weren’t made by voice but rather we were made by His hands
You know, I’ve always wondered why we have lines on the palm of our hands. The common theory about these lines is that they reflect what our personalities are like. Yeah I know, it’s crazy what some people come up with. Although I do confess I once searched it up on Google to find out what my palm would read and I’ve got to admit, after finding out my supposed personality, I was quite disappointed at the way my lines were drawn. But after being exposed to Psalm 139 (my absolute favourite Psalm by the way), my aspect of these lines had changed. “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb” (Psalm 139:13). After reading this verse, I took another look at my palms and this time, instead of seeing lines, I saw stitches.
Whenever I’d read this verse, I would always picture God sitting on his throne in Heaven shaping the different structures of the human body. Then when He had finished, He would use the skin as a thread and stitch us up, leaving scars on our hands and feet to remind us of His work.
Again, in Psalm 139, King David reflects on the mindset God had whilst creating us and wrote, “…I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works….” (Psalm 139:14).
How breathtaking is that? I mean, how many times have we stared into the mirror and hated on a physical flaw of ours? Unfortunately, today’s young generation are having their mentalities embedded with negativity; creating fractured personalities caused by the comparison to the celebrities exposed in the current media. Society has dispersed the dangers of low self esteems and poor self-consciousness and instead created a mirage of the importance of physical appearance.
Don’t get me wrong, It’s not a bad thing to want to look good but it’s quite upsetting when we take the paintbrush off God and hand it over to society.
Imagine a father working hard for numerous months to save up enough money to purchase his son a car. Then when he buys the car for his child, the son doesn’t say thank you but instead he complains about it not being fast enough or the colour isn’t appealing. The car still works and makes life easier but not according to the son’s standards. Imagine how disappointed the father would feel after seeing his very own son reject something he poured his heart into.
That’s how God feels when we don’t accept ourselves the way we are. He spent nine months on us. He made sure we were fearfully and wonderfully made. Then selfishly, we go and compare ourselves to the rest of society and allow the world to varnish over God’s originality. We continuously search for ways to polish our flaws but instead we end up creating new ones.
We’re molded by God’s hands.
The fingers that ordained the moon and the stars (Psalm 8:3) are the same fingers that trace the outline of our smiles.
He has searched us and He knows us. He knows when we sit and when we rise. He understands our thoughts from afar (Psalm 139:1-2)
He inscribed us in the palm of His hands (Isaiah 49:16)
He always thinks about us. If you were to count the amount of times you have crossed His mind, they would be as countless as the sands on the seashore (Psalm 139:17-18)
As a matter of fact, He knows the exact number of hairs on your head (Matthew 10:30)
He has loved us with an everlasting love (Jeremiah 31:3) and because of this great love, He sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him (1 John 4:9).
God is the greatest artist to ever exist in all of existence.
We are a canvas enameled by His paintbrush.
At times we may feel like our lives are jumbled up like a Picasso painting, but in God’s eyes, we’re the Mona Lisa emitting amongst the thousands of portraits in society’s museum.
Appreciate the hard work that God has put in to make you the way you are. You were made with love. You’re a beautiful work of art that was sculptured by God in front of the Angels. Yes, we were sculptured by the same hands that cradle the stars and knitted by the hands that were nailed for our Salvation.
By You we have been upheld from birth; You are He who took us out of our mother’s womb and for that, our praise shall be continually of You (Psalm 71:6)
May the Author of Life continue to guide us and strengthen us through the brokenness and corruption of this society.
SAYG ~ Steven Attalla