Week 7 Word: Fearfully and Wonderfully Made
Week 7 Text: Psalm 139:13-14
Written By: Lindsey Carlson
“You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.” (Psalm 139: 13-14 NLT)
We often read or hear this verse and reflect on it in the context of our physical bodies. As a nurse, I am often overwhelmed by the notion that the Lord had a vision for who we would be before we were even conceived! Learning how each part of the body functions as a part of the whole to keep all systems working in harmony only underscores the magnificence of our Maker. Before we even take our first breath, so many things have to be exactly in order. We are no accident and are certainly not a haphazard result of science. The Lord lovingly knits each of His children together and provides nourishment to us, inside the womb and outside of it. How marvelous that every cell of our being had to come together in exactly the right way to make us into the people we are! There was no detail left unattended, with many critical systems and parts being knit together before anyone else knew we existed.
The bigger challenge with this passage can come in remembering that we are also knit together in a very specific and intentional way emotionally. God created all of our strengths and weaknesses—all of our capabilities and our limitations. He knew the things we would struggle with—anxiety, doubt, fear, pride, sadness, exhaustion, mistrust. He created us exactly as we were meant to be, and this frees us to love and experience Him fully despite our limitations. The scripture tells us that, rather than being frustrated by the parts of ourselves that can be challenging, we can acknowledge that we are knit together in a loving and intentional way. God wants us to draw near to Him, through both our capabilities and our limitations, and use them for His glory.
This also means we are free to embrace our limitations. The world tells us to keep pushing, to keep striving, to conceal our struggles for fear of being seen as weak or “less-than.” Subscribing to these worldly viewpoints can leave us feeling burdened and hopeless because we are fighting against who we are at our core. Jesus invites us to rest. In fact, He created us with limits, both physical and emotional. These were knit into our being along with our physical characteristics, ordained by the One True God. To share these, to acknowledge our limitations both publicly and in prayer, is not a sign of weakness; rather, it shows incredible strength and inspiration to others who may also be dealing with similar thoughts.
You are created exactly as you are meant to be, a beautiful daughter of the King. His workmanship is indeed marvelous!
1.) How does it make you feel to think that God knitted every part of your body together before you were even born?
2.) What do you feel are your capabilities and limitations? List them. As you look over your list, be deliberate in acknowledging that God created you with both capabilities and limitations and can use them both in furthering His kingdom. Take a moment to thank Him for creating you just as you are.
3.) How would you live if you fully embraced God’s love for your physical and emotional self? Pray the words of this week’s Scripture and ask God to continually reveal His workmanship through you.