By Sue Reeve
You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit them together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! It is amazing to think about. Your workmanship is marvelous—and how well I know it. Psalm 139:13 & 14 (TLB)
I often talk about how my world view, the way I view others and even how my own self-image have been molded and altered by Scripture. Words from Psalm 139 have influenced greatly my view of me.
I discovered this passage of Scripture during a very dismal time. My world had been turned upside down. My dreams shattered. My future uncertain, dark, scary. I felt worthless, undesirable.
One sleepless night, sitting propped in the middle of the queen-sized bed I had shared with my husband only a few weeks earlier, I flipped absentmindedly through pages of The Living Bible. My eyes lingered on Psalm 139. The one-word inscription, “Wow!” remains etched on the margin of that Bible today—a reminder of the Scripture’s impact on my dark soul that night. The words of the psalm whispered to my spirit: You are valuable. You were created by God. Your unique design is wonderful to God.
Bleak days followed that night, but Psalm 139 consistently bolstered the invisible part of me that’s connected to a Divine Creator. My late-night encounter infused a deep respect for the uniqueness—Divine design—even the quirky characteristics of not only me, but also my fellow travelers.
Here’s a glimpse of some of the quirks that make me uniquely me…
I never take for granted…
that I, such an ordinary, flawed woman, am cherished by an extraordinary God… as well as by a very good guy—Ron, my husband of more than 30 years.
I’m amazed by…
the depth of character my daughters—as well as many other women I’ve met— possess in spite of difficult segments in their journeys.
Years ago, I never imagined…
the utter delight and intense affection I would feel for children, especially our four grandkids: Sydney, Mackenzie, Jackson and Emalynn (as well as the unborn, and highly anticipated, grandson we’ll meet in September 2015!)
I feel most content…
in the morning when Ron and I sit companionably, chatting, sipping cups of steamy, strong black coffee.
watching little chickadees, nuthatches, finches and black-cap sparrows munch seeds from the bird feeder in our backyard.
nasty neighborhood cats lying in wait to pounce on the little chickadees, nuthatches, finches and black-cap sparrows we invite into our backyard.
I’m inspired by…
stories filled with grace and grit—stories illustrating the resilience of the human spirit.
I’m fascinated by…
words! Words that paint pictures, bring comfort, create hope, inspire change. I’ve seldom met a word I didn’t aspire to use at least once, which, by the way, often created problems for me a child!
I’m horrified by…
injustice and abuse—especially of women and children.
I’m delighted by…
the glow of soft lights illuminating the darkness—particularly those shining from windows on dark evenings around Christmas.
I’m grateful …
I was born during an era of peace, in a nation valuing freedom and opportunity, and into a family with deep roots of faith;
I long to…
- live each day with open hands and heart;
- never stop gathering knowledge and cultivating wisdom;
- focus on what I can do rather than what I cannot do—on who I am rather than who I am not—on what I have rather than what I don’t have, and above all else;
- be used as a conduit, encouraging people to explore a never-changing God in an always-changing world.
Listening on Your Journey:
- Re-read the words of Psalm 139:13 & 14. What feelings and thoughts do these words evoke in you?
- What characteristics, however quirky, make you uniquely you?
- Think back. During various life seasons, what thoughts have you had concerning your unique characteristics?
Celebrating your unique design,
Every Spring, I marvel at the lovely blossoms gracing our yard. They remind me God’s design for all creation is unique, wonderfully made, and sometimes, even a little quirky!
Top: Peonies that originated in the flower garden of my grandfather.
Center: Japanese Iris and Pink Parrot Tulips – two of my favorites.
Bottom: A branch in full bloom on the flowering plum tree in our front yard.