Sunday, August 17, 2008
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
You are fearfully and wonderfully made. So stop being so fearful and express some wonder at how incredible God made you.
This is a quilt I just finished for a new baby named Alexandra.
She was actually born in the spring but because of scheduled projects and time constraints I procrastinated.
Actually, I had an idea in my head as to what I wanted to do for little Alexandra, but fear stopped me. I had all the material (scraps from previous projects), but the idea of an actual quilt held me back. What if the final project doesn't turn out the way it appears in my head? What if I can't get all those little squares to line up perfectly? What if...?
I think that it was God's providence that I was to create this quilt this week as I contemplated Fear and Wonder and Psalm 139:14.
I thought about how easy it is to have fear and wonder around the event that is childbearing and babies. Just getting pregnant is an act of God! The whole reproductive process that takes place within the womb is wonderfully and fearfully creative!
After nine months a sweet child is born. This child is the very face of hope! Who will she be? What will she do? Her future is wide open.
New beginnings always fill us with optimism.
So it goes with fear and wonder while experiencing new life. We can easily look at others and see the work of God.
The thing is that God's creative wonders don't stop after we are born. They continue.
He created us each uniquely.
I was thinking about this as I read about Michael Phelps this week. His body is perfectly fashioned for moving through the water, and yet not everything has been "perfect". Having been diagnosed with ADHD as a child, his single mother sought to find a way to burn off the extra energy that flowed through his body.
God obviously knew what He was doing when he created the world's greatest swimmer in history thus far. What our culture might consider a "disability" or a "problem", has actually served a greater purpose.
God's creative fear and wonder is not just reserved for world-class Olympians, but is also at work in you. In me.
All God's works are wonderful.
This week as I was sewing I began to experience the joy that comes from creating. As the 5x5 pieces of scraps began to look like the quilt I'd envisioned, I began to get excited. I was able to get a microscopic glimpse of what God must feel when He creates something so much more important: human life.
In light of all these thoughts, I began to think about ways in which I allow my fear to stifle who I am; how I allow too much focus on things that I don't enjoy about myself become roadblocks to the praise God deserves for making me unique. I often allow thoughts of self to get in the way of what God has created me to be and to do.
I can be just as excited about the things that make me who I am today, as I am about the hope and promise I see when I look in the eyes of a baby.
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La Vida Dulce!