It's spring! I LOVE spring!! I love the flowers; I love the newness of life that happens with the plants and animals; I love the smell of fresh cut grass and the birds singing in the trees. It brings to my mind God's renewing spirit that refreshes us each and every day if we let Him.
However, it also brings with it a horrendously depressing aspect as well: bathing suite shopping.
There are two items I hate shopping for above all else. Bathing suites and jeans. I foolishly attempted to do both yesterday. The ending result was teary eyes and shoulders being slumped in defeat as I walked out of the THIRD store empty-handed! I could go on and on about what I hate about shopping (starting with the mirrors that I am CONVINCED department stores get from carnival fun houses) but I won't.
I admit I was shocked that I felt so defeated because I PRAYED before going shopping. That's right! I prayed because I every other time I have gone shopping I have experienced the same self depreciating thoughts and mind sets. I was like Hello, God, I prayed about this and I shouldn't be feeling this way...are You there?
Then I heard the song "Everything Glorious" by David Crowder Band. Some of the lyrics say, You make everything glorious, You make everything glorious, You make everything glorious and I am Yours. What does that make me?
Wow. I sat straight up in the car seat and said out loud, "I am GLORIOUS!"
Then I thought about my attitude towards my body. Of course there are things that I would like to change. I don't like my wide hips or my ample back side but God says that He knit me together. When I think of someone knitting I picture someone with extraordinary patience. I see their needles working intricately to make knots and connect them together to make something beautiful. And that is what God has done for me...and for YOU.
Who am I to look at His creation, His masterpiece and criticize what I see? If the fault is mine (and I'll be honest: it is!) then I need to take better care of the body He has so thoughtfully and carefully made for me. If it is a feature that is beyond exercise then I need to reevaluate my attitude. If my Creator pronounces me beautiful then I. AM. BEAUTIFUL!
Society tells us we need to be slim and trim, have cute little noses, impossibly big boobs and have just the right clothes. But God tells us that we need Him. I am going to stand in agreement with my Maker and declare myself beautiful! I will pray about ways I can be more responsible and improve the condition of the body God has made for me but I will agree with God and not the world.
We are fearfully and wonderfully made! It is time we acknowledge this truth and start acting like we believe it!!
For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother's womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well. ~Psalm 139:13-14