If someone had told the skinny mini above that one day she’d write books or hold a microphone in her hand, I don’t know if she would have believed it.
When this picture was taken, life was hard.
I didn’t know a thing about Jesus.
But Jesus knew about me.
Do you know that God sees you differently than others see you?
Did you know that He sees you differently than you likely see yourself?
In Matthew 16:18, Jesus meets a guy named Simon and He says this:
And now I’m going to tell you who you are, really are. You are Peter, a rock. This is the rock on which I will put together my church, a church so expansive with energy that not even the gates of hell will be able to keep them out.”
It was almost humorous because at this time Simon wasn’t rock solid. Even after he became a follower of Christ, he sometimes seemed less than rock-like.
But Jesus saw something that Simon Peter and others didn’t.
He saw the talents he placed inside of him. He knew exactly what can happen when ordinary people — even those who are unsure of their value or worth — place their lives in his hands.
God created you.
You may be quirky, fun, have your own sense of style, or dance to a different tune than anyone else, but have you ever stopped to think that God made you that way?
He knows your past. He knows what’s going on in your family. He knows the stuff you are working on in your heart and the things that seem huge. He knows the desire you have to run after him. Or the times you feel nothing, but want to feel everything.
Why is this important?
Knowing who we are to God takes the limits off.
That skinny girl in the picture?
Maybe she didn’t know that one day she’d write books or speak to crowds, but she also didn’t know her worth or value to an amazing God. She didn’t know if she could be a good mom. She didn’t know if people could love her for who she was. She had no idea where her love for God might lead her.
But labels fell off and discovery began as she began to trust that God saw something she didn’t.
How do you define yourself?
Is it what you see in the mirror? Is it by the words spoken over your heart? Is it by the way you feel, or don’t feel?
Take a moment. Close your eyes. Let truth whisper past the labels. Sure, you may not see it yet, but that’s okay.
Simon didn’t see it at first. Neither did I. In the beginning we simply surrender to the truth that God just might see something you don’t.
Who does God say you are?
You and God
Q: Read Psalm 139:15-16 and describe who you are to God.
Rahab was a prostitute. David took care of sheep. Zacchaeus was a tax collector. None of these were in the running to win Who’s Who in church leadership. Their resumes might not impress others, but God saw something special in each of these people. Rahab is listed in the family tree of Christ. David was a King and seen as a man after God’s own heart. Zacchaeus became a friend of Jesus.
Q: What might have happened if any of these had allowed people or circumstances to define them?
Q: Who does God say you are?
Write a prayer offering God all of you. The broken parts. The spiritually hungry parts. The parts that are still a work in progress. All of you. The past. The future. Today.
Lord, thank You for that beautiful, treasured woman who is reading this right now who has never seen herself as You do. Gently peel away the labels to reveal your work beneath. Thank You that You see inside of us what we might not. Thank you for growth and transformation and relationship with You.