God Formed Me


Instead of using "glasses" of the rose-colored or magnifying kind, Rachel Oliver shows us how to view our flaws the way that God does.

It’s easy to look in the mirror and see my flaws. The dark spots around my left eye and up my forehead that become more pronounced when I get a little sun. The bulge around my midsection that appeared a couple of years ago—unwelcomed, I might add! The cottage-cheese marks on the back of my thighs. I’m also adept at narrowing-in on my personality defects and emotional cracks. Oh yes, my flaws are easy to find.

For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.

As I breathe in the words found in Psalm 139, I’m reminded that my very being—flaws and all—was knitted together by our magnificent God. He created my body, mind and soul. And He did it with purpose and a plan.

I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.

Have you ever stopped to think about the intricacies of the human body? An average human brain has about 100 billion nerve cells. Blood travels 60,000 miles every day on its journey through the body. Not only do we each have individualized fingerprints, but even our tongues have unique prints. Consider all that has to happen just so you can think, smile, dance or sing. Pretty incredible!

My frame is not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth.

From an early age, we begin comparing ourselves to others—often wanting what God has given to them. In elementary school, I thought if I had curly hair and poor eyesight (I just had to have those Strawberry Shortcake glasses) that I would be extra special.

The truth is, I am more than special. God thought of me with my dark, straight hair and now-poor eyesight long before I was even a sparkle in my mother’s eye. And He thought of you too. God formed every part of you—your height, shape, color and even your personality. God shaped you to be just who you are.

Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.

God created each of us for this lifetime. You are the woman, mom and leader He planned. Think of the way you use your body and mind. Your hands may comfort a sick child, prepare a meal for a new mom or type a leadership meeting agenda. What about your feet, your laugh, your words? Each day you use these to bring help and hope to those around you, according to God’s plan.

Like me, do you get caught up in the flaws of your being? Instead, together let’s stand in awe of our amazing creator, who so incredibly formed each of us. 

Written by Rachel Oliver

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