Crossroads: I Am Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

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Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18

My Story

I didn’t always feel pretty as a teenager. I went through the usual gawky teen phase, with braces and acne and glasses. There were times when I wished that I looked like someone else. And then we began a girls’ Bible study in my youth group and our main verse was Psalm 139:14: “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Then it hit me: God made me exactly as I am. And God makes wonderful things. The God of the universe, the God who created our world and everything in it, made me to be who I am. Let that sit with you: our amazing and wonderfully creative God created you and me, just as we are. We are fearfully and wonderfully made. After learning this verse, there were still times when I wished that I looked different as a teenager, but then I would remember that God made me to be who I am and I am wonderfully made.

Your Story

Maybe there was a time in your life when you wished that God had made you differently. So many children struggle with issues of self-worth and self-image. If you feel comfortable, share your story with your children to help them see that they aren’t alone in their struggle. Or if you’d prefer, talk about a time when you realized that God knows everything about you and loves you just as you are.

The Bible Story

Read Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18. Here it is from the Message (a translation that’s child friendly):

God, investigate my life; get all the facts firsthand. I’m an open book to you; even from a distance, you know what I’m thinking. You know when I leave and when I get back; I’m never out of your sight. You know everything I’m going to say before I start the first sentence. I look behind me and you’re there, then up ahead and you’re there, too—your reassuring presence, coming and going. This is too much, too wonderful—I can’t take it all in!

Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out; you formed me in my mother’s womb. I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking! Body and soul, I am marvelously made! I worship in adoration—what a creation! You know me inside and out, you know every bone in my body; You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit, how I was sculpted from nothing into something. Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth; all the stages of my life were spread out before you, The days of my life all prepared before I’d even lived one day. Your thoughts—how rare, how beautiful! God, I’ll never comprehend them! I couldn’t even begin to count them—any more than I could count the sand of the sea. Oh, let me rise in the morning and live always with you!

In this passage of Scripture, David reminds us that God knows absolutely everything about us. God knows what we are thinking and what we are going to say even before we say it. God made us and God knows us better than we know ourselves. While this can be scary to think about, it’s also a wonderful and amazing gift that God has given us. We all do and say things that we know are wrong. We make mistakes and we are sometimes mean to other people. Even when others don’t see our mistakes, God sees and knows what we did. And yet, God still loves us, even when we make those mistakes. Our perfect God knows all of our imperfections and loves us anyway. God knows everything about us and loves us no matter what. We sometimes worry that if someone knew everything about us, they would no longer love us. But our Creator knows everything and still loves us! Rest in the fact that no part of you is hidden from God and He loves you no matter what.

Discussion

• Ask your family to share stories about times when they wished that God had made them differently. Remind them that God made them just as they are and loves them.
• Take turns sharing things that you love about each member of the family.

Action and Prayer

• Find ways this week to remind your children that they are fearfully and wonderfully made: write an encouraging note for their lunch boxes one day, leave a post-it note on the mirror, etc.
• Praise God for creating us to be exactly who we are. Thank Him for loving us even though He knows everything about us.

Jessica Asbell is currently serving as the Minister to Children at First Baptist Church of Roswell, GA. She has worked with children in various capacities at several churches, including Winter Park Baptist in Wilmington, NC, First Baptist of Decatur, GA, and Highland Hills Baptist in Macon, GA. She has a Master of Divinity from McAfee School of Theology and a BBA from Mercer University. In her spare time she loves to read, watch movies, and of course spend time with her sweet kitty, Lucy.

Kevin Head began serving as Minister to Young Families at First Baptist Roswell, Georgia, in February 2012. He has pastored three churches in Kentucky and more recently served as Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church, Lumberton, North Carolina. In 2007, Kevin and his wife, Amy, began a ministry-based counseling practice called New Perspectives for Life in East Cobb, Georgia. He is a graduate of Furman University (B.A.) and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Ph.D., M.Div.) in Louisville, Kentucky. Kevin was ordained by the First Baptist Church of Belvedere, South Carolina. His model of ministry is based on John 8 and the amazing, continual grace of Jesus Christ. Kevin and Amy have two children, Jenna and Joshua.

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