“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.”(Psalm 139:13-14)
Recently I read a story that Philip Yancey records in his book on “Prayer,”* about a lady in Nepal who was stricken with leprosy and had lost parts of her hands, feet, face and even her sight. She was the kind of person whose appearance would stop many people from wanting to come close to her, or maybe even notice her.
Philip goes on to tell how she was a beautiful Christian lady who really shined the light of Christ to those who met her and helped take care of her. He also shared how he keeps a picture he took of this lady and his wife on his desk to remind him of the beauty that God sees, rather than the trappings of beauty the world seems to think matter.
As I thought about this lady the world would cast aside as of little importance to them, I was reminded again of how God sees her and how much He values her. When God looks at a person, He sees what is on the inside, what is at the heart of a person and where their love and passion is directed. Psalm 139 tells us of how much thought and preparation God put into creating us, how He created us to be wonderful in His sight.
For those of us with chronic illness, it can seem hard at times to see our bodies as wonderful. There are things that no longer move as they should, or parts of our bodies that have atrophied. Internally, there are things that no longer work as they once did and prevent us from doing things we did before, or maybe just long to do now. To some people, we might seem of less value, or worth – maybe like the lady with leprosy – but the Bible says that God’s works are wonderful.
I chose to believe that God still includes me in that, that even in my brokenness, He sees me as wonderful, and still of worth to Him – even if in different ways.
*Prayer Does It Make Any Difference – Philip Yancey
About the Author:
Fiona Burrows lives in Melbourne, Australia where she is learning to be grateful for the lessons God is teaching her through her chronic pain. She prays that you may all be aware of just how wonderful God thinks you are.