Beauty, Part V ~ Fearfully And Wonderfully Made

Many of us are used to the voice of the tyrant inside that says we don’t measure up. But how many of us have heard the voice of God which is gentle and tender and healing? Listen to these words to get a sense of this, “He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, He restores my soulPsalm 23:2-3.

So instead of the message that we are not OK as we are, what does He say to us?

First, did you know that your face, your hair, your body and every inch of you is deliberate and handcrafted? It’s as if many of us feel we have to spend our lives compensating for the nuisance genes that gave us thick ankles and cellulite. But this is not true, God tells us that He fashioned us with all of our quirks and loveliness, and that we are “marvellous” as His works of art.

What I have found so healing about this is that it gave me license to accept myself as I am, and even more, to be thankful. Instead of there being this yardstick I was being forced to measure myself against, I started to relax and even genuinely enjoy the way God made me. Before, it was a case of “the thighs have to go!” Now, “God knew what He was doing, wahoo!”

And it’s not just that He has purpose for the way each of us is designed – it’s that that design is wonderful He says. Wonderful and marvellous even. These are the words God uses. Not wonderful and marvellous because we dropped two dress sizes and look like we belong on a catwalk; wonderful and marvellous because we are His workmanship – just as we are! We can learn to define ourselves in this way too!

And one other way we are described by God? As fearfully made. “Fearfully” in this sense means full of awe or reverence. Wow, that means that the way God has made us is something to be in awe of, and deeply respectful about. What a huge contrast to the message that taunts from the pages of women’s magazines that we simply don’t measure up!

“For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb.
… I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvellous are Your works … My frame was not hidden from You when I was made in secret, and skilfully wrought … Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed” Psalm 139: 13-16.

As we look to God to find freedom in His perspectives on beauty, come back tomorrow to hear all about being Beautiful to the Core.

© Copyright 2007 Birgit Whelan


~ by Birgit on August 14, 2007.

2 Responses to “Beauty, Part V ~ Fearfully And Wonderfully Made”

  1. great words

  2. A near relative of ours, who has a very special relationship with God, Auntie Therese, once said: God created us physically in a very specific way, to compliment our purpose and the things He has in mind for us (Jer 29:11). I’ve taken that as a blessing in my own life: My looks can glorify God!


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