For The Girls That Come Behind Us
You will never really enjoy other people, you will never have stable emotions, you will never lead a life of godly contentment, you will never conquer jealousy and love others as you should until you thank God for making you the way He did. –Reverend James Hufstetler
“There’s just something about hitting 30. I can’t quite explain it but I finally feel comfortable in my own skin.” I listened to these words of a friend and mentor years ago sitting in my own twenty-something skin wondering if I’de ever be able to say that. Now, here I am staring 30 in the face and I’ve learned something of those words. 3 daughters later, 4 pregnancies (that’s a whole lot of hormones and veins and stretch marks!), 8 years of marriage and ALOT of God’s Word and I get it. Some minutes I fight for what I’ve discovered to be true, but I get it. And for the girls that come behind us, and for my 3 precious, beautiful girls – they need to get it too. “My frame was not hidden from Thee when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth.” Psalm 139:15 In her book, “Calm My Anxious Heart” Susan Hunt comments on this passage:
In Hebrew the word translated wrought means “embroidered”.” It was the same Hebrew word used to refer to the skillful and artistic needlework in the curtains of the Old Testament tabernacle. When God fashioned you in your mother’s womb, He embroidered with great skill. God saw every detail of your body. God knit together your veins, muscles, nerves, and every curve and indentation that is uniquely yours.
And then she say’s it, those words that hit to the core every time:
…If we are displeased with our physical form, we’re really arguing with God…We women analyze, scrutinize, and compare to see how we stack up to the supermodel in her skimpy bathing suit. When we compare ourselves with others, we’re told we are without understanding. The Living Bible says we are “stupid.” (2Co. 10:12)
So for the girls that come behind us (and perhaps even for ourselves), I stand tall in my nearly 30 year-old skin because the grand tapestry maker left His prints on me and it’s a message I won’t ever forget to tell my girls and those girls that come behind.
I would rather be what God chose to make me than the most glorious creature that I could think of; for to have been thought about, born in God’s thought, and then made by God, is the dearest, grandest, and most precious thing in all thinking.
-George MacDonald (the man C.S. Lewis called his mentor)