Lenten Reflection Day 39: Fearfully and Wonderfully

Psalm 139 by Ellen van Randeraat

Song of the Day: “Crags and Clay” by Gungor

fearfully and wonderfully and beautifully made . . .

The Day’s Scripture

Psalm 139:13-18
13 For you created my inmost being;
    you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    your works are wonderful,
    I know that full well.
15 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.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
    all the days ordained for me were written in your book
    before one of them came to be.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts, God!
    How vast is the sum of them!
18 Were I to count them,
    they would outnumber the grains of sand—
    when I awake, I am still with you.

Reflection: 3rd Part of Psalm 139

(originally published in the Covenant Home Altar)

There are days I get down on myself, when I believe my image falls grossly short of what our culture deems as good or beautiful.  On these days, my frame doesn’t quite feel right.  My body doesn’t fit well in my clothes, and I don’t walk about my day with confidence.  There are days my mind obsesses over my short-comings, my incompetence, my inferiority, and my ugliness.  I want to hide.

Psalm 139 moves here to the beginning of it all—the gift of life in the mother’s womb.  This is an intimate and vulnerable image.  The hands of the Creator knit the speaker to life with tenderness and care in the secret place before memories. This is not haphazard or spontaneous, but it is premeditated artistry fearfully and wonderfully performed by the master craftsmen. 
God, you are my awesome Creator!  How mysterious are your ways?  “Your eyes saw my unformed body,” and you shaped me from the earth and then breathed life in me. I am a masterpiece made with care in your image.  I am full of Beauty. 

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