Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

For it was you who formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are you works; that I know very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes beheld my unformed substance. In your book were written all the days that were formed for me, when non of them as yet existed.

—Psalm 139:13-16 (NRSV)

Emily woke me up a little after 4 am this morning because it was my turn to watch the baby while she got some rest. Jonathan has been quite the night owl. By that, I mean an all-night owl. Daytime naps have become sacred moments of sabbath for us, and the quiet stillness of a sleeping baby not only brings us peace, but also a call to action to accomplish the to-do list of daily chores as quickly and efficiently as possible. Certainly, our lives are very different now in a most amazing, beautiful, and exhausting way!

Today, August 24th, was Jonathan's due date. As it turned out he surprised us with a happy and healthy arrival ten days early. In the days leading up to his birth Psalm 139 kept coming mind, especially the phrase, "fearfully and wonderfully made." We were so eager to meet this little person who was fearfully and wonderfully made for us to love and raise. Emily especially wanted to see his fearfully and wonderfully made feet that had become so proficient in kicking her in the ribs. When he arrived I felt a love well up in me that I had never felt before, the love a parent has for a child. When I was young I would tell my dad that I loved him, and he always responded with, "Not as much as I love you." I'm beginning to understand what he meant by telling me that.

We are all fearfully and wonderfully made be God our creator who has set our days before us before they existed. "Fear" in the Old Testament in reference to God does not mean to be afraid or distressed, but rather to be in a state of reverential awe. To fear God, then, is to love, respect, and revere Him. It is this same love, respect, and reverence in which we were each formed in our mothers wombs — God's love, respect, and reverence for each of us as His children. How we live our lives as Christ's disciples must reflect this, that even before we were born, we were wrapped and knit together in God's love, respect, and reverence.

What an amazing thing that is!

I wouldn't hold out much hope for finding a greeting card that will remind a friend or loved one that they fearfully and wonderfully made, so as fellow children of God let's make reminding one another of this fact a priority. Let's remind one another that we were created by God who deeply loves and respects us. And, be sure to remind yourself of this as well. Whether you're having a good day or bad, look in the mirror and remind yourself that God deeply loves and respects you. When you have moments in life when you question or doubt His love and respect for you, remember that God also forgives you out of his deep love and respect. A love so deep that He gave his only Son for the sake of redeeming His people.

You were fearfully and wonderfully made for this day that God has prepared for you. May the light of Christ shine brightly through you today and every day ahead of you. And may you never forget the deep love and respect God has for you as His own child.

God bless,

Pastor Nathan