“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” Psalm 139:14 (NIV)
It’s Friday, and I want to send you this encouragement today. I want to encourage you, my dear sweet sister, that you have been fearfully, wonderfully, marvelously, and gloriously created. You might ask how I know that… Well, let me ask you this:
- Has the marvelousness of a starry night ever taken your breath away?
- Does the sound and smell of the ocean bring a calmness to your soul?
- Or has a sunrise or sunset caused you to stop in your tracks, ignore the busy rush of this world, and just soak in the beauty of God’s creation?
If you have experienced any of these wonders, then you have seen the proof of your unique and glorious creation. In Ephesians 2:10 Paul writes, “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” (emphasis added) Have you ever marinated in this verse and let it sink down to your bones? I invite you to do that now.
First off, you are God’s masterpiece! But what does that mean? Let’s unpack this a bit… The word masterpiece means a work of outstanding artistry, an artist’s best work, something made with extraordinary skill. When I think of something that is the definition of a masterpiece, I think of things like the Mona Lisa, the Sistine Chapel, Beethoven’s Fur Elise, or Van Gogh’s Starry Night. Pieces that are so precious that they are invaluable. And you are even more valuable than those masterpieces combined!
Secondly, He created us anew so that we can do the things he planned for us long ago. He created us specifically for a purpose that fits perfectly into His plan. He planned it out before we were even born!
It is because of the beauty God sends shining out from every carefully designed creation of this world that I know that you have been intentionally created as well. Absolutely nothing on this Earth is without a purpose in God’s plan. You have, without a doubt, been intentionally created with a purpose and a place in this world that only you can fill.
I’m not sure who said this, but it is so humbling and inspiring: “How cool is it that the same God that created mountains, oceans, and galaxies looked at you and thought the world needed one of you too.” Let that sink in for a minute… The same God that created your favorite flower, that paints the skies every morning and night with beautiful sunrises and sunsets, that orchestrates the transition from summer to fall with vibrant beautiful colors… That very same God saw that you were a missing piece in this world and created you to fill that void.
He saw YOU and knew that this world would be less beautiful if you weren’t in it.
You have an essential role to play in this world. Something so unique, so special, and requires such a specific skill set that only you can do it.
No matter what that calling is on your life, it is necessary. You are needed. What can you do to step confidently into that calling today?