'Thank You for making me...' Psalm 139:14 NLT
When you realise someone likes you as you are, it’s pretty great. Even when someone sheepishly says, ‘I maybe sorta kinda like you,’ it’s a massive confidence boost, right? It doesn’t even have to be romantic. It can be as straightforward as that person, the one you respect more than anyone, complimenting what you’ve done. It sticks with us when we know we’re appreciated. And that’s just when fellow humans value us! What about God? Yes, the God of creation, the same God who named the stars (Psalm 147:4) thinks more highly of you than He does the stars. Jesus says: ‘...the very hairs on your head are all numbered.’ (Matthew 10:30 NKJ) Your adoring fans might know your eye colour, what flavour you like your latté, or your favourite film. But the amount of hair on your head? Nah. God knows every detail about you, and loved you even before you knew Him (Ephesians 1:4). What does all this mean? God appreciates you. A lot. He values you more than you can imagine. The things that make you ‘you’ are given huge weight because of that. It’s good to remember that the best compliment, or the most alluring romance, can’t touch the significance you’ve already been given. And it’s good to remember that ‘re–member’ literally means to put back together again. Like Humpty Dumpty. So when you recollect and remember that God has made you, you’re doing something really wonderful. Particularly if you’re feeling fractured or broken today, find somewhere to be quiet and remember, and let Him put you back together again.
SoulFood: 1 Jn 3:11-5:21, Mark 2:23-3:6, Ps 78:56-64, Prov 20:7-10
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