Fearfully and Wonderfully Made
Pictures, portraits, and artistic projects start in the mind of the artist and normally aren’t fully appreciated until they are completed and ready for display. At least that’s how it appears to those who appreciate art. But for the artist, a masterpiece holds meaning, value, and purpose even in the formative process. In fact, there’s no part of the process the artist doesn’t take joy in. The last statement may not ring true for all artists, but it most certainly rings true for the divine artist who weaves tapestry, paints portraits, and unveils beauty in any number of mediums. Of the divine artist one observer stated, “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; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”
So often in life we aren’t able to see the intention, depth of care, and patience which God employs in creating the portrait of our lives. In the heavy brushstrokes of life, our own wisdom may desire to turn the hand of God, to move it in a different direction or even select a different canvas to work upon. But oh, the wisdom of our creator as he lovingly and carefully paints, carves, cuts, weaves, and molds a life to resemble its original design.
Art in process can be difficult to endure and even more painful to see. On this day as we celebrate womanhood and the spectrum of motherhood, I want you to know from the Bible and in your heart the words of God spoken over you. You are fearfully and wonderfully made. There is nothing in your life which God will not use to bring about the completion of his work. The Apostle Paul writes, “And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” There will be many moments and more days than you and I care to remember in which life will seem to overwhelm, discourage, and defeat us. I want to encourage you this day to remember that God is not finished with your life, and his portrait of you will be perfect.
As we celebrate womanhood and motherhood today, I want you to know that you are loved, cared for, and incredibly valuable to the one who created you. Interestingly, a portrait says as much about the creator as it does the one whose image is being created. From what I hear, portraits can be incredibly uncomfortable. The one whose image is being fashioned must stay in one position for what can be an unbearable amount of time. But by doing so the artist displays beauty never seen by the one being captured. He has the ability to draw inner beauty to the exterior. Additionally, the ones being represented must fix their eyes on the creator during the entire process. In some wonderful way, the art gets to know the Artist.
Your goal in life is not simply to complete tasks and to be a godly woman and mother. The highest calling of your life is for your portrait to reflect its creator. May this day you be reminded of the beauty and majesty of the one who created you with wonder and grace.
Fearfully and Wonderfully Made,
This was originally written and delivered to women at the Church at Martinsburg in 2014.