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Going Deeper—Creator of Me (with Study Guide #2b)

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Dear Readers,

Have you ever given much thought to the idea that you are a created being? For what purpose were you created? What possibilities did God foresee when He made you?

God’s Word has answers to these questions. As we study this subject it will bring us to sobering as well as awe-inspiring conclusions.

If you haven’t done this in a while, talk to God about His purposes for you. Thank Him for giving you life. Praise Him for how He made you uniquely YOU!

Creator of Me

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By Ruth Wood and Kay Smith

What does it mean that “God created me”? As women socialized in the western world to impossible standards of perfection, we are prone to a mental disconnect when we read David’s words in Psalm 139:13-14b,

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made . . .

We might relate to the word “fearfully,” because, oh my, those cellulite thighs are a fright. But created “wonderfully”? Now we’re stunned, at a loss for words—how could our body and the word “wonderful” possibly occupy the same sentence?

Body Worlds

Some years ago, I (Ruth) visited Body Worlds, an educational exhibit displaying donated cadavers for the lay person. Whether standing astonished in front of an erect, muscle-exposed cadaver holding its skin slung over one arm like a huge body bag, or examining the 27 intricate bones of a skeletal hand, I realized that in looking at these preserved bodies, I was looking at me. I was seeing first hand just how fearfully and wonderfully I was created.

Increasingly as I moved from one display to another, I became convinced that this incredible body machine I’ve been allowed to inhabit for a time is an amazing gift. It’s capabilities are astounding. I also understood that though the machine and I are inseparable for a time, I am NOT that machine. None of these cadavers were the essence of the person who once lived in them either. Their “inmost beings” had departed.

The Supreme Gift

I became aware of a respectful awe—these bodies are sacred because at one time they contained a God-created human spirit. This concept especially became clear as I viewed a severely twisted pelvis that had been deformed by cerebral palsy. Instead of feeling pity I thought, “Wow, how fortunate this person got to experience life!” A little shocked, I asked myself, “Even in this crippled body machine?” But somehow in this setting the answer was obvious. “Yes, life is a supreme gift, even in such a body.” And the body should be honored because it is the vessel that supports life.

I have to admit I’ve never really thought much about the sacredness of life. We live in a culture that is hyper-focused on the outward appearance and performance of bodies. (Think cosmetic surgery, personal fitness trainers.) We need to begin looking at ourselves in a completely different way. We need to park ourselves for long periods of time in front of heaven’s mirror.

Heaven’s Mirror

What does God see when He looks at you, at me? His Word will reflect back images of our true essence—people with a fallen nature, yet made in the image of our Creator . . . deeply valued and treasured and loved by Him.

©2013 Ruth Wood and Kay Smith. All rights reserved. Used by permission. Published by www.Comfort-Cafe.net. Contact info: ruthywood@gmail.com

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